Indigenous Educational Assistant

Indigenous Educational Assistant

Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre


Terms of Position

35-40 hours per week

Initial 6 weeks (July 25-Sept 3) full time, 35-40 hrs/week

Part time until December 31


Start Date: July 25, 2022

End Date: December 31, 2022


Project Description

With support from local Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, teachers, and Queen’s STEM faculty the Queen's University Indigenous Land-based Learning STEM (QUILLS) program has created five grades 7-10 STEM Learning Bundles braiding together Indigenous land-based knowledge, locally conducted STEM studies, and Ontario Science curriculum outcomes. The five themes informing the Learning Bundles include:

  • the biodiversity crisis
  • global climate change
  • traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and the environment
  • invasive species,
  • contaminants in the environment

QUILLS is also creating five ten-minute videos showcasing Indigenous land-based knowledges and locally conducted STEM research to accompany each Learning Bundles. Local teachers in the Limestone District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Boards will also be invited to take part in professional development sessions geared towards helping teachers integrate the Learning Bundles into their teaching in a good way.  


Job Summary

The Indigenous Educational Assistant will assist with the development, testing, operation, and dissemination of the QUILLS program and ultimately ensure that lesson plans and teaching materials are freely accessible to teachers and students across Canada.  Supporting the ELEEC Outreach & Teaching Coordinator in ongoing development of programs, teacher guide and in-person sharing of lessons with student groups and teacher professional development workshops. 


Key responsibilities include:  

  1. In collaboration with Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Knowledge Keepers, STEM researchers, practicing teachers, and Education professors, the Indigenous Educational Assistant will assist with testing 5 curriculum-linked, classroom-ready Learning Bundles in the five theme areas listed above. Each with an emphasis on STEM, diversity, and experiential learning, and intended to motivate students to pursue a career in science and have a greater understanding of the natural world from an Indigenous perspective. Each unit will include ~ 15 lesson plans and provide teachers with 4 weeks of classroom content.  
  2.  Assist with offering a series of hands-on, land-based training opportunities for teachers at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre focused on Grades 7 through 10 curriculum outcomes via 2, two-day, field-based professional development workshops, each with a distinct theme. 
  3. Assist local videography company Pinegrove Productions with the planning and production of five ten-minute videos showcasing Indigenous land-based knowledges and languages in addition to locally conducted STEM research intended to accompany each Learning Bundle. 
  4. Help to develop Learning Activities for each Learning Bundle including lesson plans, worksheets, and other classroom ready materials. 
  5. Assist with developing and uploading multimedia (video and audio) on-line resources (including Indigenous language resources) for all Learning Bundles featuring Indigenous and diverse women researchers, teachers, and students in-lab and field.  
  6. Edit and contribute to a Teacher’s Guide that provides guiding protocols for teaching lessons with instructions on how units can be modified with community support to fit local contexts.  
  7. Through attending regional conferences, present and promote program materials throughout surrounding school divisions.



Level of education preference currently enrolled or completed B.Ed. or B.Sc. Lesson development and teaching background an asset.

Knowledge of local Indigenous cultures.

Availability on occasional evenings and weekends

Ability to work from home (remote) during summer and have transportation to Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre for in-person work in the fall.


Please provide a cover letter and resume to by July 21, 2022.