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Lieutenant-Governor’s Indigenous Summer Reading Camp Counsellor

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date January 9, 2018
Type Full Time / Contract
Company Frontier College
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Education / Teaching - K-12 and other training
Contact Information

Term: Seven weeks (July to mid-August)
Location: First Nations communities in Northern Ontario, mostly fly-in only
Start Date: July 2018
Application Deadline: 1st deadline – 31 January 2018; 2nd deadline – 28 February 2018

*Note – Deadlines: Shortlisted applications received prior to January 31 will be offered interviews in the first phase (February onwards). Shortlisted applications received between January 31 and February 28 will be offered interviews in the second phase (March onwards). Job offers will be made during each phase.

We are seeking mature, dynamic, responsible, committed, self-motivated and adaptable individuals to fill the positions of Camp Counsellor in the LG Indigenous Summer Reading Camp program. The Indigenous Summer Reading Camps began in 2005 as an initiative of the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable James Bartleman. These Literacy Day Camps aim to promote a love of reading and learning, as well as increased self-confidence, amongst First Nations children and youth (between the ages of 6 and 15) living in isolated and/or fly-in only Reserves in Northern Ontario.Day Camp Counsellors are expected to work in small, independent teams, which may include local First Nations Camp Counsellors, to deliver a diverse array of indoor and outdoor literacy-based camp activities in safe, caring, understanding, culturally sensitive, fun-filled environments. Camp Counsellors must demonstrate initiative and creativity to engage the community, and involve parents, Elders and other community members in the camp activities of the Day Camp Program. As this is a total immersion position, Counsellors must be prepared for a highly stressful, emotionally and psychologically challenging experience. Many communities are struggling with social challenges such as alcohol/substance abuse, water shortages, poor infrastructure, limited health care facilities as well as a host of other issues including limited access to fresh produce and material goods and a high cost of living. Camp Counsellors will remain in the communities for the entire duration of employment, including weekends and holidays. Camp Counsellors must be prepared to volunteer their time to being involved in community events, and for evening unpaid camp preparation hours. Counsellors must also be prepared to share modest accommodations (up to 4 people in a small unit, possibly co-ed) and be comfortable with living in an isolated community with minimal access to telephone and internet.

Each team will be comprised of a Camp Counsellor (Administrator) and several other Camp Counsellors (Programming). Together, they will work very closely as a team under the remote supervision of a Frontier College Coordinator who is in turn responsible for reporting to the Regional Manager.

Frontier College will provide successful candidates with training in Program Delivery prior to the start of camps. Each team will decide on an administrator upon arrival in Thunder Bay for Training.
Camp Counsellor:

  • Daily planning & organizing of Day Camp activities
  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of all camp participants during Camp hours ( ~ 9-5)
  • Establishing and maintaining good relationships with community members, and encouraging their participation in the camps
  • Maintaining accurate camp records as required
    • Participate in weekly Team Meetings to populate Matrix Reports and Timesheets for submission
    • Ensuring adherence to all program directives and guidelines
    • Other duties as assigned by Frontier College
    • Additional responsibilities for Admin Counsellor:
  • Managing and maintaining camp budget and accounts, including all financial records
  • Ensuring that all camp documentation is maintained, and reported as required
  • Note – the Camp Counsellor Administrator will be responsible for submitting all weekly paperwork throughout the summer months via fax, Google Docs, Dropbox or e-mail.


  • Minimum 18 years old
  • A positive, friendly and approachable disposition
  • Adaptable, self-motivated, responsible, enthusiastic, creative
  • Superior planning, organizational and time-management skills
  • Able to exercise patience and understanding when working with different personalities/ working styles, even in challenging situations
  • Strong situational problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with groups of children/youth in a summer camp or literacy program setting is an asset
  • Prior experience working with First Nation, Inuit or Métis individuals/communities or knowledge/familiarity with First Nations issues in Canada/Ontario is an asset
  • Sensitivity that embraces the realities of differing culture, living environments and broader societal factors affecting Indigenous communities
  • Prior experience living and working in isolated and/or cross-cultural community settings is an asset
  • Preference given to applicants who have a Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen completed by their local police department that is less than six (6) months old
  • Have a Standard/Emergency First Aid qualification which is valid for the entire duration of employment (Note: Successful candidates that are hired who do not have their certification, must obtain it, at their own cost, prior to the start of employment/training)
  • Lifesaver and/or Aquatic Safety Certification is an asset
  • Suggested programs of study should apply: Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Child & Youth Worker, Education, Native Child & Family Services, Indigenous Studies, International Development

Please note that a Doctor’s note stating that you are mentally and physically able to fulfill the requirements of the position is required. Once you are hired, this form will be provided.


  • Pay will be issued bi-weekly/once every two weeks via Direct Deposit
  • Frontier College will provide successful candidates with travel costs within Ontario
  • Shared, assigned housing is provided


New Applicants
If you are applying to work at the camps for the first time download the LG 2018 Southern Counsellor Package and complete the following:

  1. General Application Form
  2. Questionnaire B
  3. First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants are encouraged to self-identify.
  4. Send your: (1) resume, (2) cover letter, (3) a completed General Application Form, and (4) a completed Questionnaire B, via post, fax or email to the location listed below:

Returning Applicants
If you have previously worked for the Indigenous Summer Camps before and are applying to work at the camps again download the LG 2018 Southern Counsellor Package and complete the following:

  1. General Application Form
  2. Questionnaire A
  3. Email, mail or fax your (1) resume, (2) cover letter, (3) application form and (4) questionnaire to the location listed below:

Send in all applications by mail, email or fax to:

Frontier College
Attention: Erika Eckert
RE: Summer Positions
5-895 Tungsten Street
Thunder Bay ON   P7B 6H2
Fax: 807-285-3344

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

For more information, visit the Frontier College website at

Frontier College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Candidates of First Nation, Inuit or Métis ancestry are especially encouraged to apply for this position.

We also deliver Camps in Northern Quebec; candidates however must select which region they are applying to. YOU CANNOT SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR BOTH REGIONS.

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