Teaching in the North
Teaching opportunities exist for qualified teachers who are prepared for an exciting academic year in a remote fly-in community in Northern Ontario!
TEACHING IN THE NORTH... THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!
In 2004-2005, Bearskin Lake and Sachigo Lake started the implementation of the bilingual program in Junior/ Senior kindergarten. This program will continue in grade 1 in 2005-2006. Through the bilingual education program, we can provide the opportunity for our children to revitalize our language and culture. Our language enables us to express our worldview, beliefs, philosophy, values, traditions and customs. Our language is our vehicle for our learning and passing on our culture to our children.
The goal of the bilingual program is to graduate bilingual students who are fully fluent and literate in the Aboriginal language and in English. Being bilingual means students dream in both languages and think in both languages.
Curriculum guidelines for the bilingual program have been developed by the Kwayaciiwin Resource Center.
"All First Nations children have the right to be educated in their community school, integrated with their peers in a regular classroom, that is, in as normalized and as least restrictive a classroom environment as is possible. It is understood that this inclusive process consists of many levels and is continually in a state of evolution and refinement. All First Nation children have the right to be taught in their native language within an adapted curriculum. These children are to be provided with quality programs, facilities and services that best meet their individual needs, and to be taught by a team of qualified educators. The programs provided to these children must reflect the culture and values of the people of the First Nations".
(FNEC Special Education Policy Development Manual, November 2000, p. v).
Special education is an integral part of the total school program. Special education is committed to:
a) Helping children develop to the maximum of their potential;
b) Equipping children with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude to become contributing members of the community;
c) Ensuring that the behaviour of children is shaped by the values of:
- individual growth
- respect for oneself and others, elders, nature.