Yukon lays groundwork to establish First Nations school board: officials

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon education officials say they have finalized an agreement that paves the way for the creation of a First Nations school board in the territory.

Education Minister Jeanie McLean says the agreement itself does not establish the school board but sets up the process and framework.

She says the eventual establishment of a First Nations school board would give Indigenous people more control and authority over the education of their children.

However, she says officials have no timeline for the establishment of the school board because there a number of steps that need to be taken.

The agreement was signed between 10 of the 14 Yukon First Nations and the education minister.

Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, the chairman of the chiefs committee on education, says the model proposed includes having elders in the classroom, family- and community-led language revitalization and assessments other than report cards.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 3, 2021.

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