Teaching in the Innu First Nations schools in Labrador is an incredibly rewarding experience. Teachers have the opportunity and freedom to use their special talents and skills to support the growth of Innu cultural education and Innu language education. Teachers in the North also have access to amazing outdoor adventure and the opportunity to participate in land-based cultural activities alongside their students. A teaching career in Natuashish and Sheshatshiu both supports the Innu communities’ access to education and opens up a world of new discoveries and adventure!VIEW CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES
Teachers in Natuashish receive a living allowance of $4000 annually, as well as a $2500 travel allowance, a $6500 remote bonus, and a $6500 retention bonus. Natuashish teachers can also receive additional financial rewards for accepting more duties. MTIE provides comfortable and modern accommodations with internet, phone, satellite TV, all utilities, and furniture included for only $150 monthly rent.
Teachers at the Mushuau Innu Natuashish School can avail of a charter, provided by MTIE, from Goose Bay to Natuashish at the beginning of the school year and during Spring break.
Teachers in Sheshatshiu receive an annual living allowance of $3500, as well as a $2000 travel allowance, and a $5000 retention bonus. The Sheshatshiu Innu School is a short drive from Goose Bay, and so is accessible year-round by air and road.
All teachers under MTIE can participate in group benefits. These benefits include Defined Contribution Pension Plan, Retirement Savings Plan, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, Critical Illness, and Health and Dental. MTIE also waives the typical 3 month probationary period for all our employees.
“Being a staff member at Sheshatshiu Innu School is very rewarding. Not only do you get to work alongside wonderful, hardworking staff members, but you also get a chance to experience different aspects of the Innu culture. Throughout the school year you will be given opportunities to experience Innu cultural activities with your students. These activities help you bond with your students, and the students love being able to show and teach you things that they experience while out on the land with their families.
What makes me proud to be a staff member of Sheshatshiu Innu School is having the pleasure of watching the students grow from small children into amazing young adults. As a teacher, you typically don’t get the chance to watch students grow from kindergarten through grade 12 as most schools aren’t K-12 schools. Being a staff member of the school since 2009 has meant that I have been able to watch so many students grow up, graduate, and move on to the next chapter in their lives.
What makes working at Sheshatshiu Innu School great is the positive, fun environment. There are so many wonderful opportunities to learn alongside your students, and truly get to know the Innu culture. Many experiences at Sheshatshiu Innu School are ones you would not get to have at any other school. Visits with elders, Innu storytelling, and visits to Innu tents where students watch how Innu donuts are made, are just some of the wonderful things you get to experience at Sheshatshiu Innu School.”
“My time working in both Natuashish and Sheshatshiu as a special needs teacher has been a very rewarding opportunity. I have seen many improvements in my students. I am able to access augmentative communication through the use of new technology and whatever is needed to help these students and it has opened up new doors for them. I have had very positive interactions with parents and overall, it has been a very good professional experience.”
“My name is Krista Button. I am the high school math teacher. I also teach the Innu Studies course. I have been teaching in Sheshatshiu for 14 years. I truly feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to teach the best students in the world. My students have truly changed my life for the better. I have learned as much from them as they have from me. Teaching at the Sheshatshiu Innu School allows us to get to know our students outside of the classroom. We spend time on the land fishing, setting snares, berry picking, and learning from elders and community members. Building positive, trusting, respectful relationships like this allows for stronger relationships in the classroom. I have been a coach for many of the high school sports teams. Our students have walked away with the sportsmanship banners from almost every single tournament. That shows how truly amazing our students are. They make us proud each and every day. I cannot imagine, nor would I want to teach anywhere else in this world.”
The following is a list of current career opportunities with Mamu Tshishkutamashutau – Innu Education. Our mandate, through extensive recruitment and selection processes, is to hire dedicated, qualified people to teach and work in our schools.