Langara College

Located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Langara College provides accessible, high-quality undergraduate, career, and continuing educational programs and services to more than 21,000 students annually. As Canada’s pathways college, they provide students with the academic and experiential foundation necessary to chart their course to professional development, career success, further education, and personal development.

Ensuring that Langara meets the needs of the learners and the communities they serve has been a guiding principle of the college. They implemented the first formal Aboriginal Education Policy in the province and now, to further assist and promote the success of Aboriginal students, the college has created the new position of Director, Aboriginal Education and Services. Langara acknowledges its location on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation, and has been honoured to receive a name from Musqueam in their language, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, which means house of teachings.

The Role: Director, Aboriginal Education and Services

Guided by the principles of the UN Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the TRC Calls to Action and the Colleges and Institutes Canada Indigenous Education Protocol, the Director, Aboriginal Education and Services provides strategic leadership and integrated administration for the Aboriginal Studies program and support services for Aboriginal learners, while establishing overall direction and vision for the indigenization of Langara College. The Director will be Langara’s lead voice on Aboriginal matters, working to enhance the access of Aboriginal learners to the college and to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal communities, organizations and other partners.

Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academics and Students, and working with the Aboriginal Education Committee, Aboriginal Studies department, and Elder in Residence, the Director will lead the college to achieve the Aboriginal initiatives outlined in the Academic Plan and will encourage and support faculty to conduct applied community-based and participatory research. This individual will have the opportunity to engage with Aboriginal communities to strengthen relationships and raise awareness of Langara’s commitment to services supporting culturally-responsive Aboriginal education. They will develop positive local, provincial, and national relationships with external stakeholders including other post-secondary institutions, Aboriginal organizations, government ministries, funding agencies, and foundations. The successful candidate will facilitate various activities, events, and workshops to foster awareness and understanding of current and emerging education issues within Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal history, cultural practices, and traditional knowledge and will work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to ensure that services and activities are socially and culturally appropriate for Aboriginal members.

The ideal candidate will possess a relevant graduate degree (Doctorate preferred) and a combination of embedded lived experience, skills and knowledge of Aboriginal knowledge system(s), de-colonization, inter-generational trauma and the importance of positive self-concept in education.

Langara College is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified candidates who will contribute to this diversity, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and peoples with disabilities.

Application Information:


Applications and inquires for this exciting oppurtunity should be directed to: Mr. Brock Higgins at, or telephone: 613-788-8254 ext. 101. To view the posting, please click here.  For a copy of the position description, please click here. Consideration of applications will commence after the closing date of  February 28, 2017.

Competition No.: A017-16

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