First Nations Support Worker - Merritt

Job Code: 3259682

Job Description


In School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen), we recognize that we learn, teach and work on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Nle?eKepmx and Syilx people, and we acknowledge our Métis communities and their contributions to the Aboriginal ways of being, knowing and doing.

Our Strategic Plan has a “Success for ALL Learners” focus, supported by a dedicated staff, engaged rightsholders and partners who share a genuine commitment to the district. The district offers rich programming to just over 2075 students, 48% of whom are Indigenous. We are proud of our work towards Truth and Reconciliation.

The district serves the two communities of Merritt and Princeton, six First Nations Bands, the Métis and the Conayt Friendship Society. The mountains, lakes and valleys within the district make it a natural setting for fabulous, year-round outdoor activities. We offer a warm small-town atmosphere where relationships are fundamental to our success.

We invite applications for the position of: First Nations Support Worker - Merritt


  1. Assists with all aspects of student activities as required, including direct involvement with either individual or a small group of students, as it pertains to the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement and the Local Education Agreement.
  2. In cooperation with school Principals, and the District Principal, creates a schedule for working with Aboriginal students.
  3. Provides assistance and support for the implementation of programs aimed at developing the educational, emotional, social and cultural abilities of Aboriginal students.
  4. Works as part of a multi-disciplinary team with teachers, counselors, administrators and participates in planning, organizing and promoting cultural pride and awareness.
  5. Assists with the student self-identification of Aboriginal ancestry and the collection of data for the school, and the district.
  6. Monitors and tracks students’ progress, performance, attendance, academic achievement and concerns regarding “vulnerable” students and reports on same to the appropriate teachers, principals, and counselors.
  7. May participate in school based team meetings and other consultative meetings as required.
  8. Acts as a liaison for community and cultural resources for classrooms and schools.
  9. Acts as a positive role model and advocate for all Aboriginal students in areas including the academic, social and cultural aspects of the student and may include career/life planning and transition.
  10. Engages in problem solving with students and families using conflict resolution methods.
  11. May participate in field trips and class activities and outings.

The above job duties and responsibilities reflect the principal functions of the job. Other comparable or transient duties which are within the areas of knowledge and skills required by the job description may also be assigned.


  1. Grade 12 plus 6 months recent post-secondary in human or social service coursework or equivalent in related field.
  2. One Year of recent experience with Aboriginal students and families in an educational or recreational environment.
  3. Cultural awareness of the First Nations and Aboriginal community.
  4. Demonstrated effectiveness, initiative and flexibility in identifying and performing tasks in support of educational goals for Aboriginal students.
  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate and maintain effective working relationships with the public, students, teachers, Principals and other employees of the District.
  6. Demonstrated ability to be a cultural resource person in First Nations cultural heritage and history with demonstrated cultural sensitivity for all Aboriginal nations.
  7. Working knowledge of computers and the ability to organize and maintain record keeping systems.

“The successful applicant will be a person of Aboriginal ancestry in accordance with an approved special program under Section 42(3) of the British Columbia Human Rights Code.”

School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) is accepting applications for the position of First Nations Support Worker in Merritt for 7 hours per day, 10 months per year starting August 29, 2022.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply online complete with cover letter and resume outlining relevant background and work experience and 3 references. Equivalent experience will be considered.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Posted On
September 17, 2023
Closing Date & Time

Job Type
Full Time
Job Category
ECE, EA and Support Staff
Multiple locations
Employment Start Date
August 29, 2022
Mandatory Document
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter