The Yukon Department of Education is seeking a Southern Tutchone language teacher for its Southern Tutchone Language Program at Whitehorse Elementary School.

Posting #: 16 AL005                            Posting date: June 1, 2016                             Closing date: June 8, 2016

Starting date: Aug. 30, 2016

End date: June 20, 2017

Reporting to the principal of Whitehorse Elementary School, the successful candidate will be an inclusive member of the teaching staff. Their role is critical in the successful development and implementation of the Southern Tutchone Language and Culture program.

The focus for this position will be to teach, promote and support Southern Tutchone language and culture in the school. It is imperative that one be able to maintain positive relationships with secondary-aged school students and offer a language and culture program that is engaging, interesting and culturally relevant (on the land and experiential, for example).

The successful candidate must be committed and dedicated to the Southern Tutchone language and culture program, including an interest and commitment to curriculum development over the long term.


  • Strong interest and demonstrated ability to teach the Southern Tutchone language and culture as a second language using a variety of individual and group instructional strategies, supported by completion of YNLC certificate/diploma program or teacher training such as Bachelor of Education (YNTEP or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated adequate language proficiency (read, write and speak) to deliver the Southern Tutchone language and culture program at the secondary school level.
  • Strong classroom management skills.
  • Ability to adapt and modify curriculum to address each students’ needs and gifts to ensure that all students experience success in this program.
  • Ability to work as a team member and a willingness and enthusiasm to participate in all staff meetings, school wide functions and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to connect and collaborate with school-based staff and Ta’an Kwach’an Council/Kwanlin Dun First Nation/Champagne and Aishihik First Nations/Kluane First Nation community at large to share expertise for the inclusion of Southern Tutchone language and culture.
  • Willingness to actively promote Southern Tutchone language and culture within school programming, environment and community at large.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and awareness of Ta’an Kwach’an Council and/or Kwanlin Dun First Nation and/or Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and/or Kluane First Nation and/or Yukon First Nations culture, traditional practices, values and beliefs as well as a good understanding of the past and current issues in education, heritage and languages with a view to the past, the present and the future.
  • Fluency or willingness to develop language proficiency is required.
  • There are two Southern Tutchone teaching positions in the school. We are looking for a candidate willing to do co-teaching with the other teacher.

Please note:

  • Preference may be given to qualified citizens of Ta’an Kwach’an Council or Kwanlin Dun First Nation or Champagne and Aishihik First Nations or Kluane First Nation OR individuals fluent in the Southern Tutchone language.
  • This is a full-time temporary position from August 30, 2016 to June 20, 2017.
  • Successful applicant will be required to undergo a security check prior to starting work.

Required documents: cover letter and resume

Three references are required.

To apply click here (bottom of the page)