Contract Lecturer Postings in Aboriginal Education

Application Deadline: Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 11:59pm

Department of Aboriginal Education

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for Contract Lecturers in the Department of Aboriginal Education. Applications are requested to teach the following courses:

Full-Year Courses: September 7, 2021 - April 8, 2022 

EDUC 4001 – Honours Project: A required culminating project, such as: teaching and learning portfolios, internships or apprenticeships with elders and/or cultural teachers, research, or design of culturally and linguistically relevant resources.

OJIB 2002/3002 – Intermediate & Advanced Western Ojibwe: (Taught Simultaneously) The practice of aural, oral, reading and writing skills in Western Ojibwe.

Fall Courses: September 7, 2021 - December 6, 2021

EDUC 2110 – Foundations in Mathematics Education: An introduction to elementary mathematics pedagogy and content, with a focus at the Primary level. Young children’s mathematical development will be explored, as well as models, strategies, and ideas developed in inquiry classrooms. Attention is given to mathematics in the home and community.

EDUC 2130 – Teachers of Indigenous Learners in a Canadian Context: A survey of the social, mental and general health conditions of Indigenous people in association with relevant historical contexts, covering a) an exploration of how to distinguish social, medical and mental health conditions that affect learning from learning disabilities, b) helping tools for educators working with at-risk youth, and for liaising with relevant counselling, social work, mental health and medical professionals on behalf of youth and their families, c) existing support networks available to Indigenous youth and their families within Indigenous communities, and d) literature on Indigenous helping approaches.

EDUC 3130 – Indigenous Parents, Families & Communities in a Canadian Context: An exploration of traditional and contemporary child-rearing practices in the education of the whole child that includes parents, families, and communities. Methods and strategies of respectful approaches, problem-solving techniques and positive role modeling to address cultural and linguistic diversity. An emphasis on the importance of oral and written communication, teaming, and the sharing of knowledge about children's learning development through parent and teacher partnerships.

EDUC 3131 – Digital Learning & Teaching: Aboriginal students bring culturally-specific experiences of territory, land, and community focus to the learning environment. Effective literacy outcomes are supported as students build stories using Aboriginal languages, cultures and knowledge. Students will develop digital resources that give importance to Aboriginal history, bridge Aboriginal learning and current curriculum, and build digital platforms for success in classrooms.

OJIB 1014/INDI 1015 – Intro to Western Ojibwe Part I: Introduction to basic Western Ojibwe phonetics, grammar and conversation.

OJIB 1013/INDI 1014 – Intro to Severn Ojibwe Part I: Introduction to basic Severn Ojibwe phonetics, grammar and conversation.

Winter Courses: January 10, 2022 - April 8, 2022

EDUC 2150 – Literacy and the Indigenous Child, Birth to Age 8: Based on a social constructivist, reader response perspective on literacy teaching and learning, students will be introduced to theory and exemplary practices which support the early literacy development of Indigenous children from birth to age 8. Students will have opportunities to study and address challenges they may encounter as literacy teachers in the development of young children's oral reading and writing proficiency. They will begin to develop professional knowledge and worldviews, Indigenous children's literature and resources and children's engagement and response through print and multiliteracies.

EDUC 3010/INDI 3010 – Indigenous Design & Technology: Focuses on traditional designs, crafts and technologies of Indigenous Peoples of Canada from pre-contact to the present. Historical and cultural contexts are analyzed as they relate to Indigenous Peoples and their artistic production.

EDUC 3012 – Teaching Indigenous Design & Technology: Focuses on producing and examining Indigenous designs, crafts and technologies, along with the methods for teaching these in the Primary/Junior grades, and an examination of relevant Ontario Ministry of Education and other curriculum documents.

EDUC 3110 – Math Education (Advanced): An advanced course in elementary mathematics pedagogy and content, with a focus at the Junior level. Children’s mathematical development will be explored, as well as models, strategies, and ideas developed in inquiry classrooms. Attention is given to mathematics relevant to an Indigenous context.

EDUC 3150 – Literacy and the Indigenous Child, Ages 9-12: Teacher candidates will continue to build on the professional knowledge and skills developed in EDUC 2150, including professional knowledge about the development of Indigenous children's (ages 9-12) oral language, reading and writing proficiency, with particular attention to children with special needs. They will extend their learning to include literacy, such as literacy across the curriculum, critical literacy, media and multiliteracies. An emphasis will be placed on the centrality of Indigenous worldviews within Canada and children's constructions of their Indigenous identity/ies, Indigenous children's literature and resources and response to texts.

EDUC 4395 – Field Experience: A supervised practical experience during which students observe and practice teaching in alternative and informal instructional settings such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Friendship Centres, after-school activities and Shkoday (AHS). Students will observe and participate, as well as plan, organize and deliver introductory lessons exemplifying best practices in experiential, and interactive learning under the supervision of the course instructor. Practical experience will consist of nine (9) hours of instructional planning with their field experience team, eighteen (18) hours of face-to-face learning experience time with children and youth, followed by an additional nine (9) hours of field experience de-briefing and further refinement of planning.

OJIB 1016/INDI 1017 – Intro to Western Ojibwe Part II: Development of conversational skills
and practice in writing.

OJIB 1015/INDI 1016 – Intro to Severn Ojibwe Part II: Development of conversational skills and practice in writing.

Please visit the course calendar for descriptions on the HBEd P/J and BABEd I/S Programs.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2021

Qualifications Preferred:  OCT Qualified Teacher preferred; experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of delivery is highly desired.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff.  With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) should include: a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and/or evidence of teaching effectiveness. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada form must accompany your package. We encourage applicants with the Right of First Refusal (as outlined in article 19.03.02 of the LUFA/LU Collective Agreement) to indicate their status in their application. 

Send Applications to: 

Send Application with CV, Potential Plan for Specific Course(s), and References to:
Administrative Assistant to the Chair of Aboriginal Education, Brandi Shorthouse

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.

*These positions are subject to budgetary approval.

**Course times, dates, and method of delivery are also subject to change.