Learn about the Yukon First Nation School Board

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As of December 2021, 8 schools submitted resolutions and petitions. The period to submit petitions and resolutions for the 2022–23 school year has now closed. 

Establishing the way: Yukon First Nation School Board Framework Agreement

On June 3, 2021, the Government of Yukon and the Chief’s Committee on Education announced the finalization of the Yukon First Nation School Board Framework Agreement.

The agreement sets out the process for the creation of a Yukon First Nation School Board under the Education Act.

This agreement ensures a commitment based on an Indigenous world view to:

  • a high-quality; and
  • culturally appropriate education.
Process to transition to a Yukon First Nation School Board

Which schools are eligible to transition to a Yukon First Nation School Board?

Any existing school in the Yukon can operate under the Yukon First Nation School Board if they follow the process outlined below.

The process is currently closed for the 2022–23 school year. Information on how to submit a resolution or petition for the 2023–24 school year will be available in the fall of 2022.

Creating a school board

Under the Education Act, a new or existing school board can replace an existing school council. This can happen when the school council or 20% of the electors in the school attendance area ask for a referendum.

If this happens, then the Minister of Education will hold a referendum within 90 days. Only electors in the school attendance area or a person whose child attends the school for which the petition is for can vote.

How to submit a resolution?

Only school councils can submit a resolution on behalf of their school. Resolution submission is now closed.

Who can submit a petition?

Anyone can submit a petition on behalf of a school community. 

Who can sign a petition?

A person must: 

  • live in the attendance area of the school; or 
  • have a child attending the school for which the petition is for.

Also, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older; and 
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

How to submit a petition?

The deadline for petitions is December 13, 2021. Petitions need signatures from 20% of eligible voters in the school attendance area. The submission period for petitions is now closed.

Referendum process
  1. A resolution from a school council or a successful petition from electors triggers a referendum.
  2. Then a referendum (a vote) of electors in each attendance area is held.
  3. A referendum is passed when 50 per cent +1 of those who voted vote in favour to establish a Yukon First Nation School Board.
  4. The referendum voting period will take place from January 11 to January 27, 2022.
  5. Voting will be by special ballot. Elections Yukon will oversee the referendum process.

Voting process: Who can vote?

To vote you must be:

  • over 18 years of age; and
  • a Canadian citizen.

You must also:

  • live in the school’s attendance area for at least three months or more; or
  • have a child enrolled at the school undergoing the referendum process.

For further information about the election process visit Elections Yukon.

 

When can you vote? 

There are a few key dates that you should remember if you are interested in voting.

  • Early applications for mail out ballots become available as of January 5, 2022.
  • Dates, times and locations of in-person voting are available on ElectionsYukon.ca
  • The referendum voting period will open from January 11- 27, 2022.

 

How can you vote? 

  • By mail in ballot
  • In person;
    • With your local referendum officer
    • At a school which is undergoing a referendum process; or
    • At the Elections Yukon office.

COVID-19 has impacted in-person voting in some communities. For up to date information on how to vote, visit Elections Yukon for more information. 

Which schools have submitted resolutions or requested petitions

As of December 14, 2021, the following school communities have successfully triggered a referendum process: 

  • J.V. Clark School;
  • Nelnah Bessie John;
  • Takhini Elementary School;
  • Chief Zzeh Gittlit School;
  • Grey Mountain Primary School;
  • Johnson Elementary School and Watson Lake Secondary School (1 referendum);
  • Ross River School; and
  • St. Elias Community School.
What will the Yukon First Nation School Board look like?

What authority and responsibilities will the Yukon First Nation School Board have?

The Yukon First Nation School Board will carry the authorities and responsibilities of a school board under the Education Act including the following:

  • elect 5 trustees who will oversee the running of the school board;
  • hire an executive director who will oversee the operations of schools operated by the school board.

Operations that are the responsibility of the school board

  • Select staff, which includes principals and teachers, as well as manage hiring, dismissal, and discipline processes as required.
  • Review, modify and approve the school plan.
  • Provide educational programs for students.
  • Establish policies for the operations of the school or schools under the umbrella of operation.
  • Receive and manage funds including those which are received from the Department of Education.
  • Assess and evaluate the schools every 5 years.
  • Provide reports to the Minister of Education.
  • Arrange for the examination and investigation of student progress and the system of instruction.

Who can attend?

Any Yukon student can attend a school under the Yukon First Nation School Board. 

What will the curriculum look like?

The curriculum will continue to follow British Columbia’s curriculum. The school board will decide on teaching materials, resources and approaches.

 

On June 3, 2021, the Government of Yukon and the Chief’s Committee on Education announced the finalization of the Yukon First Nation School Board Framework Agreement.

The agreement sets out the process for the creation of a Yukon First Nation School Board under the Education Act.

This agreement ensures a commitment based on an Indigenous world view to:

  • a high-quality; and
  • culturally appropriate education.

Which schools are eligible to transition to a Yukon First Nation School Board?

Any existing school in the Yukon can operate under the Yukon First Nation School Board if they follow the process outlined below.

The process is currently closed for the 2022–23 school year. Information on how to submit a resolution or petition for the 2023–24 school year will be available in the fall of 2022.

Creating a school board

Under the Education Act, a new or existing school board can replace an existing school council. This can happen when the school council or 20% of the electors in the school attendance area ask for a referendum.

If this happens, then the Minister of Education will hold a referendum within 90 days. Only electors in the school attendance area or a person whose child attends the school for which the petition is for can vote.

How to submit a resolution?

Only school councils can submit a resolution on behalf of their school. Resolution submission is now closed.

Who can submit a petition?

Anyone can submit a petition on behalf of a school community. 

Who can sign a petition?

A person must: 

  • live in the attendance area of the school; or 
  • have a child attending the school for which the petition is for.

Also, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older; and 
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

How to submit a petition?

The deadline for petitions is December 13, 2021. Petitions need signatures from 20% of eligible voters in the school attendance area. The submission period for petitions is now closed.

  1. A resolution from a school council or a successful petition from electors triggers a referendum.
  2. Then a referendum (a vote) of electors in each attendance area is held.
  3. A referendum is passed when 50 per cent +1 of those who voted vote in favour to establish a Yukon First Nation School Board.
  4. The referendum voting period will take place from January 11 to January 27, 2022.
  5. Voting will be by special ballot. Elections Yukon will oversee the referendum process.

Voting process: Who can vote?

To vote you must be:

  • over 18 years of age; and
  • a Canadian citizen.

You must also:

  • live in the school’s attendance area for at least three months or more; or
  • have a child enrolled at the school undergoing the referendum process.

For further information about the election process visit Elections Yukon.

 

When can you vote? 

There are a few key dates that you should remember if you are interested in voting.

  • Early applications for mail out ballots become available as of January 5, 2022.
  • Dates, times and locations of in-person voting are available on ElectionsYukon.ca
  • The referendum voting period will open from January 11- 27, 2022.

 

How can you vote? 

  • By mail in ballot
  • In person;
    • With your local referendum officer
    • At a school which is undergoing a referendum process; or
    • At the Elections Yukon office.

COVID-19 has impacted in-person voting in some communities. For up to date information on how to vote, visit Elections Yukon for more information. 

As of December 14, 2021, the following school communities have successfully triggered a referendum process: 

  • J.V. Clark School;
  • Nelnah Bessie John;
  • Takhini Elementary School;
  • Chief Zzeh Gittlit School;
  • Grey Mountain Primary School;
  • Johnson Elementary School and Watson Lake Secondary School (1 referendum);
  • Ross River School; and
  • St. Elias Community School.

What authority and responsibilities will the Yukon First Nation School Board have?

The Yukon First Nation School Board will carry the authorities and responsibilities of a school board under the Education Act including the following:

  • elect 5 trustees who will oversee the running of the school board;
  • hire an executive director who will oversee the operations of schools operated by the school board.

Operations that are the responsibility of the school board

  • Select staff, which includes principals and teachers, as well as manage hiring, dismissal, and discipline processes as required.
  • Review, modify and approve the school plan.
  • Provide educational programs for students.
  • Establish policies for the operations of the school or schools under the umbrella of operation.
  • Receive and manage funds including those which are received from the Department of Education.
  • Assess and evaluate the schools every 5 years.
  • Provide reports to the Minister of Education.
  • Arrange for the examination and investigation of student progress and the system of instruction.

Who can attend?

Any Yukon student can attend a school under the Yukon First Nation School Board. 

What will the curriculum look like?

The curriculum will continue to follow British Columbia’s curriculum. The school board will decide on teaching materials, resources and approaches.