Lach Klan School is an independent First Nations school in the remote village of Kitkatla, located in the traditional territory of the Gitxaala Nation. Surrounded by water, this island community offers teachers who are outdoor enthusiasts a limitless amount of opportunities. Experience a new culture, hike our hills, and be steps away from the ocean. This placement is a great fit for teacher candidates who enjoy the outdoors and would enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with a friendly, energetic and diverse team of educators.
A CFE Placement in Kitkatla will be engaging and varied according to the interests and skills of the teacher candidates. All teacher candidates will have a chance to experience and observe education and teaching practices in a First Nations school where most classes are split classes (including the high school classes) and all students have daily language and culture lessons in Sm'algyax.
All teacher candidates will have a chance to experience and observe education and teaching practices in a First Nations school where most classes are split classes (including the high school classes) and all students have daily language and culture lessons in Sm'algyax.
Teacher candidates will be involved with one or more of several projects and areas of work experience throughout the school. In the past, teacher candidates have been assigned to a classroom teacher to work on a special area of inquiry that interested them, and these “classroom assignments” are arranged based on the interests and goals identified by the teacher candidate. Examples of past projects and experiences undertaken by teacher candidates include:
- helping to administer the Canadian Achievement Test (“CAT 4”)
- assisting with “centre-based” activities in elementary classrooms
- teaching “mini-units of study” to an assigned class (in areas including Art, Social Studies, and French)
- providing guitar lessons to interested students
- assisting Grade 12 students with “university prep” and helping them fundraise and decorate for their Graduation Ceremony
When they aren't attending to these activities, teacher candidates will be encouraged to use their individual interests, talents, and skills to collaborate with staff to design their own contribution to the larger school community.
Teacher candidates will be provided with accommodations at no additional charge, either in their own shared house between teacher candidates (as accommodations are available) or with another teacher at Lach Klan School. All accommodations will include their own furnished and private room with shared kitchen, bathroom, living room, and other “common areas.”
As there is no grocery store in Kitkatla, it is advised that teacher candidates purchase whatever groceries and supplies they think they may need in Prince Rupert before they depart for Kitkatla. While most homes have internet access and cable, Kitkatla does not have cell service.
Teacher candidates are responsible for the costs of their travel to/from Prince Rupert and to/from Kitkatla. From Prince Rupert, the school will help teacher candidates arrange their transportation to Kitkatla, which will either be by passenger ferry or by float plane. Travel costs will vary, depending on the transportation that is used. For example, if you are travelling by plane, total travel costs could range from $500-$700.