Teaching First Nations heritage in Yukon schools.

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Teaching First Nations heritage in Yukon schools.

When you choose a teaching career in the Yukon, you’re choosing to change lives – including yours. There is an unmatched opportunity here to balance evidence-based education practices, innovation and creativity with First Nations ways of knowing, doing and being.

What to expect in this role
  • play a key role in developing the essential skills and competencies students require for life beyond the classroom;
  • working in a place voted as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers;
  • a unique and rewarding opportunity to incorporate First Nations culture and language into your lessons – both in the classroom and on the land;
  • a pension, excellent benefits and one of the country’s highest teaching salaries; and 
  • experience the Yukon’s endless beauty in both your personal and professional life.
What we do

The Yukon government’s Department of Education believes in delivering innovative, experiential and high-quality education to students across the territory. We are committed to building diverse staff that are creative and utilize their strengths in the classroom. Being an educator in the Yukon means that you will play a key role in providing education to the territory’s nearly 6000 students across 34 schools.

Pay and benefits
Job description
  • willingness to learn and integrate Yukon Frist Nation culture and worldview into the classroom;
  • responsible for classroom management, the planning and organizing of learning material, assessment of student learning, and motivating learners;
  • implement inclusive education practices;
  • develop and support student learning plans, behaviour plans, safety plans and individual education plans; and
  • effectively communicate and cooperate with parents and caregivers to ensure a positive school experience for learners.
  • The salaries for certified teacher positions vary from $67,681 to $126,510 depending on the level of education and years of teaching experience.

The Department of Education provides teachers with 30 non-instructional hours per school year for professional development purposes. Teachers also have access to opportunities for First Nation cultural training, such as Yukon University’s First Nations 101 program, as well as training and resources available related to on-the-land experiential learning practices.

Recruiting process

1.    Resume submission – submit your resume to the job you wish to apply for clearly demonstrating how you meet the required qualifications and experience.
2.    Resume screening – all resumes are reviewed and screened by human resources and the school administrator. Candidates are notified of their status in approximately one week after a job posting is closed. Qualified applicants for teacher jobs will be hired in the following order or priority: 

  • Persons of Yukon First Nations ancestry not already employed as a teacher or existing teachers of Yukon First Nations ancestry seeking to return to their traditional territory;
  • Permanent teachers with 3 or more years of continuous service in the same school;
  • other permanent teachers; and
  • other applicants.

3.    Interviews – candidates who are screened in will be contacted for interviews.
4.    Offer of employment – the successful candidate(s) will be contacted and issued a verbal offer of employment followed by a written offer. 
5.    Submission of credentials – once an offer of employment is accepted, we will ask for the documentation and credentials required to determine salary and ensure conditions of employment are met.

Job requirements
  • Bachelor of Education or equivalent;
  • recent successful teaching experience (or practicum) specific to the job posting assignment;
  • experience implementing student learning plans, student behaviour support plans or individual education plans would be an asset; and
  • recent experience working with First Nation students and families in an educational setting/environment would be an asset.
Teacher on call opportunities

Being a teacher on call provides flexibility, allowing educators to choose their workdays and experience different school environments. This role helps new teachers gain classroom experience, hone teaching skills, and understand diverse student needs without a long-term commitment. Being a teacher on call also fosters networking opportunities within school communities, opening doors for potential permanent positions. Additionally, it offers a chance to make a positive impact by ensuring uninterrupted learning for students in the absence of their regular teacher. For many, it's a fulfilling way to contribute to education while enjoying work-life balance.

Yukon Education

The Department of Education is responsible for delivering education to over 6000 learners across the territory in a variety of different settings. This includes teaching in small, close-knit rural communities, or teaching in the territory’s capital city, Whitehorse. The Department oversees the newly established First Nations School Board and the French first language schoolboard Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon (CSFY). There are also multiple French immersion program options within the department. This provides teachers with a variety of options to meet their career goals and continue to grow as an educator.


Available positions