Yukon parents’ approval of First Nations school board hailed as ‘monumental change’ - National | Globalnews.ca

2022-01-29 5:13:00 AM

Education experts said the decision could set a precedent for changes in the health, child welfare and justice systems in the territory.

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The drive to create a First Nations school board in Yukon dates back to 1973 and supporters say it will offer a model of reconciliation, providing education from Indigenous and non- Indigenous points of view.

Education experts said the decision could set a precedent for changes in the health, child welfare and justice systems in the territory.

“This is a concrete example of reconciliation,” she said in an interview. “This is an example of people working together to make shifts in power so that Indigenous people have a say over the education of kids in their communities.”Yukon parents vote on proposal to create First Nations school board

Preliminary results from a referendum on Thursday indicate parents at schools in Old Crow, Watson Lake, Beaver Creek, Haines Junction, Ross River and Whitehorse have approved the creation of a First Nations school board. Parents of students at J.V. Clark School in Mayo voted against the move and Elections Yukon said it will continue to be supported by a school council.

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Yukon to set up First Nations school board after historic vote | CBC News Yukon will soon have a First Nations school board, which supporters say will give them a greater say over education matters with the territorial government.

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First Nations school board is a “monumental change” in Indigenous relations in the territory and could lead to advancements in other areas, a health and education consultant says.'True reconciliation' at work The directorate says the creation of the proposed school board represents "true reconciliation" because it lets Yukon First Nations finally share authority over education with the Yukon government, which currently oversees all the territory's schools except for two francophone schools in Whitehorse.'True reconciliation' at work The directorate says the creation of the proposed school board represents "true reconciliation" because it lets Yukon First Nations finally share authority over education with the Yukon government, which currently oversees all the territory's schools except for two francophone schools in Whitehorse.Posted January 28, 2022 8:43 am Updated January 28, 2022 8:44 am 2:08 Beijing Olympics: China taking no chances with COVID-19 as Games near The start of the Beijing 2022 Olympics is just over two weeks away and organizers are confident everything will be ready on time.

Tosh Southwick, the former associate vice-president of Indigenous engagement and reconciliation at Yukon University, said the decision could set a precedent for changes in the health, child welfare and justice systems in the territory. “This is a concrete example of reconciliation,” she said in an interview.. “This is an example of people working together to make shifts in power so that Indigenous people have a say over the education of kids in their communities..” Southwick previously worked to make sure the educational needs of students from the territory’s Indigenous communities were being met at Yukon University and works as an education and health consultant for various First Nations bands. if you teach them in our way, they will see success," Bennett said. Story continues below advertisement Yukon parents vote on proposal to create First Nations school board Southwick said the referendum result is an example of “resetting” a relationship and working together on a solution instead of a stop-gap measure.

“I don’t think the school board is the end all and be all, I think it’s the start of something,” she said... “There are things that you feel in your gut and your whole body resonates with. This is something my whole body resonates with. that have come along the way, but they have never ever brought any significant change for our children.” Preliminary results from a referendum on Thursday indicate parents at schools in Old Crow, Watson Lake, Beaver Creek, Haines Junction, Ross River and Whitehorse have approved the creation of a First Nations school board." The goal is for the new board to start running the schools for the 2022/23 school year. Parents of students at J. "My first reaction is just sheer pride .

V. Clark School in Mayo voted against the move and Elections Yukon said it will continue to be supported by a school council... Official results will be available Monday. 1:01 Professor calls for Indigenous content to be included in Canadian curriculum Professor calls for Indigenous content to be included in Canadian curriculum – Oct 30, 2021 The drive to create a First Nations school board in Yukon dates back to 1973 and supporters say it will offer a model of reconciliation, providing education from Indigenous and non-Indigenous points of view. (Erik Pinkerton Photography) 'Grab the wheel' In an interview earlier this week, Bennett told CBC that Yukon's First Nations chiefs who are involved with the directorate saw a new school board as a way for them to "grab the wheel and start to make change" in the territory's education system. Trending Stories Identities confirmed in deaths of family of 4 on Manitoba-U. "This was one way we could move through this and start to work with government side by side to say, 'this is what it should look like,'" Bennett said.

S. "The chiefs … wanted that collaborative process and to move forward. border; RCMP plead for info Story continues below advertisement Melanie Bennett, the executive director of the First Nations Education Directorate, said she’s overwhelmed by the support and turnout. “I’m just trying to breathe today and savour the moment,” she said on Friday. Part of the problem, the report said, was the department did not partner with First Nations to develop effective programming. Part of the problem, the report said, was the department did not partner with First Nations to develop effective programming. The directorate is an independent body established in 2020 to help First Nations assume more control over their children’s education. 1:57 Seeking Indigenous reconciliation through education Seeking Indigenous reconciliation through education – Oct 29, 2021 Bennett, who is from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation in Dawson City, said the vote is a culmination of decades of work by Indigenous leaders. Small communities vote 'yes' The first unofficial results started rolling in just after 6 p.

“It’s been a long journey,” she said in an interview.m. Once elections for the new First Nations board are held in March, trustees will have the authority to hire staff, review and modify school plans, and request education programs in an Indigenous language. Thursday night, with resounding 'yes' results from two of Yukon's smallest communities. Story continues below advertisement Nearly a quarter of students in Yukon identified as Indigenous in 2019. The territory’s auditor general said in a 2019 report that Indigenous children routinely lacked the educational supports to help them succeed in schools or graduate. Ross River, with just under 400 people, had only one voter against. Ross River, with just under 400 people, had only one voter against. Yukon also failed to adequately reflect First Nations culture and languages in the classroom, the report said.

Read more: Lauren Wallingham, whose daughter goes to a school where parents approved the school board, said she feels a sense of “hopefulness. The board will also oversee two Whitehorse schools: Grey Mountain Primary School and Tahkini Elementary School.” “This is a first step that will lead to real change,” she said. The vote didn't pass at the J. Wallingham, who is Indigenous, was part of a group that petitioned parents to take part in the referendum at Takhini Elementary School in Whitehorse.V. Education Minister Jeanie McLean said in a statement the vote is a major step forward in advancing a path to reconciliation. “The establishment of a Yukon First Nation School Board will contribute to and improve the educational outcomes for all students across the territory. The First Nation school board will take over responsibility for those who voted to join them, including hiring staff, allocating resources, and shaping the curriculum starting next year. The First Nation school board will take over responsibility for those who voted to join them, including hiring staff, allocating resources, and shaping the curriculum starting next year.

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