Language Hub and Daycare Project at Da Kų

CAFN has long recognized the need for a new daycare in a new location.  CAFN also recognizes the long-term Citizen desire to develop a ‘language hub’.  Combining both needs, CAFN has recently received funding for a new facility to be connected to Da Kų.  Preliminary planning and design were part of the original funding application.

Elders originally envisioned having children connect with their culture and it is an important part of the original vision for Da Kų.  Though we know there is some sensitivity around connecting the language hub to our cultural centre, we have received guidance and positive support from CAFN Elders.

Type of input requested:
CAFN is seeking the following input from citizens and key stakeholders:
What design and programming considerations should CAFN consider for a language hub and daycare at Da Kų?

Options to share your input:

  • In-person! Haines Junction-based Citizens are welcome to drop in from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. for an Open-House at Da Kų on Thursday, March 9.
  • Parents can drop in at the Shawkwunlee Daycare on Tuesday, March 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Online! All Citizens can also choose to share input online until Sunday, March 12. Please click here to access the online survey.

Decision Process:
Chief and Council will make a final decision on Thursday, March 16, based on Citizen and key stakeholder input.  We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

For more information, please contact:

Paula Banks
Director of Education
(867) 456-6876

Rob Fendrick
Chief Financial Officer
(867) 456-6879

Da Kų Vision
Our Cultural Centre is a gathering place that recognizes and celebrates the cultural contributions and way of life of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations peoples – the places we come from, the traditions and languages we carry, and the arts we practice and perform. It is an environment creating lasting memories, where young people will learn the wisdom of our Elders, know our stories and legends, and assume responsibility to carry our values.


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