- A Whitehorse school council wants to bring Gwich'in and Tlingit
languages into the classroom.
councillors, parents and students from F.H. Collins high school
started working on the idea a few months ago after Yukon's minister
of education announced funding for more native language instructor
are many First Nations in the Yukon and we think this enriches the
school environment and is very important for language and culture,"
says Heather McFadgen, chair of the school council at F.H. Collins.
says the idea for the new language programs came from interested
parents and students.
details of the courses are still being worked out.
this isn't dampening enthusiasm.
Linklater, Chief of the Vuntut Gwich'in First Nation, says there
is a lot of interest among Old Crow students living in the Yukon
children, when they move to Whitehorse, lose that opportunity to
learn the basics of the language in school. So we're happy to hear
the opportunity is there so that they can continue to learn,"
is optimistic the courses will be offered as early as this autumn.
school's principal is asking students about the idea and working
with the education department.