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“A blessing for certain skills”

Are you interested in getting a job or exploring a new career?

Have you dreamed of getting an education or going into a trade?

Are you a CAFN citizen or Indigenous person living in our community?

Dän Tsʼänānän is a training-to-employment program that supports CAFN citizens and community members to secure and maintain stable, longterm employment through personalized skills development, training, education and work experience programming.

The program is designed to build on your strengths and help you develop yourself to secure rewarding and fulfilling work that aligns with your dreams. Our focus is on building capacity in all citizens – CAFN staff, underemployed citizens and unemployed citizens. Our goal is to assist 250 CAFN citizens and community members through Dän Tsʼänānän over three years.

How is the Dän Tsʼänānän program different from other employment training?

Most employment training programs offer the same programming for everyone. The problem is that people are not all the same. What one person needs to move forward is often different than what the next person may need.

Instead of a ‘one size fits all’ approach, Dän Tsʼänānän programs are custom designed to meet each person’s unique needs are meant to help each person move forward from where they are.  One person’s program will look different from that  of another person. We also provide each person with the support of our team  members every step of the way.

To do this, we work one on one and privately with you. We take the time to listen to your story and to understand your individual situation.  From here, we continue to work together with YOU to map out the steps that will help you move past your barriers, starting exactly where you are today and moving ahead one step at a time.

Our team will help you with your first steps – whether it is getting support for substance use, overcoming physical or mental health barriers, improving your literacy and numeracy skills, education or work experience. When you are done, you may start a good job or a college education.  Your program will be a mixture of individual work, classroom work, and on-the-job training, all supported with regular contact with your Job Coach and your Wellness Support Worker. The team is there to guide you and celebrate every step you take.

Since every program will be different, some people may take longer than others to work through their program.  Our team is here to support you when you are facing challenges or feeling stuck or overwhelmed.

Who is it for?

The program is for CAFN citizens and CAFN community members who fit one or more of the following:

  • you have never had a job, or you wish you could change jobs;
  • you are on Social or Income Assistance;
  •  you have not had any work recently, or are on Employment Insurance;
  •  you would like to improve your skill set and develop along your career path with more on-the-job training and/or formal education (including CAFN staff).

Getting Started with the Dän Ts’änānän Program Team

Step 1: Talk With Our Team

The first step is to drop by, call or email a member of the Dän Tsʼänānän team in your community and set up an appointment for a private and
confidential conversation.
You’ll tell them your story and talk with them about your dreams for your life and the kind of job you would like.
Together, you will create a plan for moving forward, starting right where you are today.

Step 2: Get Extra Support

As you create and work through your plan, part of your support may be from your Job Coach or Financial Literacy Coach.
They will help you access resources that will support you on your career path, write a resume and apply for jobs.
Your Job Coach will be in regular contact with you during your placement, to ensure you aren’t getting stuck or frustrated. And to cheer you on!
When you are finished the Dän Tsʼänānän program, you will ideally have a good job or be starting formal training at Yukon College for a degree, diploma or a trade.

Kathleen Jones – Job Coach, Whitehorse & Takhini
(867) 456-6888 or 332-0056 (Cell)

Ruth Haynes – Financial Literacy Coach
(867) 634-4200 ext 285 or (250) 812-7578 (Cell)

Susan Smith — Dän Tsʼänānän Program Coordinator
(867) 634-4200 ext 282

Barb Allen – Dän Tsʼänānän Program Coordinator
(867) 634-4200 ext 284

When our people work, our community works better.