Education – Dän Ketsʼedän Yu
(They Are Learning)
The Education Department provides support and advice to CAFN citizens through K-12, post- secondary, employment and training, and daycare programs and services.
Champagne and Aishihik Dän are a hunting and fishing people, with close ties to the land. In our traditional way, being “smart” means knowing the animals and your country. Our people have always been innovative, making do with the materials on hand.
Located in Haines Junction, the Shawkwunlee Daycare is available year-round and open to all community children between the ages of 18 months and five years. The daycare is licensed and provides language, cultural, and educational programming on a regular
Daycare Enrollment Policy
Shawkwunlee Daycare Parent Handbook
Shawkwunlee Daycare Registration Form
K-12 Programs & Services
CAFN acknowledges the value of both a traditional education and classroom studies. The following programs support young CAFN Citizens on their path of learning.
Special Circumstances Funding
Special Circumstances Funding is available to assist Canadian resident parents/guardians with monthly living expenses for their Canadian resident dependent children who must live away from their home communities to attend school. The student must be attending a recognized primary or secondary (K-12) institution. Families are eligible to receive $35 per month for living allowance and up to $250 per month for accommodations, subject to attendance records being provided to the ESW.
School Supplies Supplementary Funding
Supplementary funding is available to assist with the purchase of school supplies for CAFN students in Grades K-12 in Canada. An application form must be filled out prior to the start of each school year.
Secondary Academic Achievement
CAFN provides an Academic Achievement Award for all CAFN students in grades 8-13 who live in Canada and achieve a minimum of 75% overall average. The award ranges from $100 to $350.
CAFN provides tutoring assistance for CAFN students in grades K-12 in the Yukon Territory or who are permanent residents of the Yukon. Tutoring is appropriate to the student’s grade level, curriculum, school and community. Please complete the Tutoring Assistance Application form to apply.
Yukon Native Graduation Funding
CAFN provides assistance for CAFN students who are graduating from secondary school to assist with a portion of the costs for clothing to participate in the First Nations Graduation ceremony in Whitehorse. This funding becomes available in April. Please contact the Education Support Worker in your community to apply.
ESW-Student File Form
Application for school supply funding
Tutoring Assistance Form
Elementary Student Recognition Program Guidelines
Elementary Student Recognition Program Nomination Form
Post Secondary Education, Employment & Training
CAFN assists Citizens to help them achieve their short and longer-term educational goals. Students are supported to engage in a wide variety of educational programs at post-secondary institutions for short courses, college programs, trades training and university.
Aboriginal Skill and Employment Training Strategy
The Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS) helps CAFN Citizens ages 15 to 64 in the CAFN Traditional Territory gain experience and opportunities for meaningful employment in the labour market. Areas that this training strategy supports include:
- trades training,
- training for short-term employment,
- training for long-term employment,
- summer employment, and
- child care.
Courses that are supported have a strong link to employment, such as first aid and food safe.
CAFN Comprehensive Student Support Policy
CAFN assists Citizens to help them achieve their short and longer-term educational goals. Students are supported to engage in a wide variety of educational programs at post-secondary institutions for short courses, college programs, trades training, university, etc.
All students who are accepted into an approved program may apply for the following supports:
- Education planning/application fees
- Books & supplies allowance
- Travel expenses
- Emergency funding
The following additional types of supports are available to students who are enrolled in an approved full-time program for a period greater than four weeks:
- Living allowance or top-up funding
- Academic Achievement Awards
NOTE: Funding priorities and limitations do exist therefore funding is not guaranteed. Limitations include types of programs and number of students who can be funded in a given year.
Post-Secondary Education Policy
Post-Secondary Education Procedures
Check out the Yukon Indian Development Corporation Future Leader Scholarship Program.
Adult Language Immersion Programs
Dän K’è̀ Kwänje Ghäkenīdän Program
We Are Learning Our Native Language Program
The Dän Kʼe Kwänjē Ghäkenīdän Program is a two-year, accredited through Simon Fraser University (SFU). Students will earn a Certificate in Language Proficiency during the duration of the program. We offer CAFN citizens an opportunity to reconnect to their language and culture.
The Students will follow a typical school calendar from September 11, 2023 to early-June. Classes will run from 8:30-4:00 pm Monday-Friday.
Held over Zoom
- Friday March 10 2 pm – 3 pm
- Friday March 24 7 pm – 8:30 pm
- Friday April 14 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm
Accepting applications through April 28, 2023. Initial intake for CAFN citizens.
For questions, links to the zoom sessions, and more information on the application process, please contact Erin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 867-334-3427.
“Our culture is rooted in our languages and our languages are embedded with traditional knowledge and spirituality, as taught by our Elders. Our words themselves contain values, spirituality and principles of respect within them. Knowing the words and the languages instills the ways we live on the land, with the animals, and how we treat each other.”
– Dän nätthe äda Kaaxnox (Chief Steve Smith)