The Yukon Literacy Coalition, Champagne Aishihik First Nations (CAFN), and Yukon College are working together on a 40-month project called Dän Tsʼänānän, which is a federally funded program designed to increase capacities and employment for CAFN citizens. The vision of the program is to deliver innovative and culturally appropriate programming that focuses on peoples' strengths and brings about positive change for at-risk citizens. The intention is to increase literacy and employment skills of CAFN youth and adults that are out of school, under-employed, or unemployed.
The Dän Dákeyi Uyenjì (That person knows our country) program is a 21-week skill development course to train CAFN citizens in interpretive guiding on traditional CAFN territory. The course, designed by Yukon University in consultation with leading experts in the commercial guiding field, provides wellness, non-formal learning (soft skills) and formal learning (hard skills) and seeks to bring in traditional knowledge and skills together with current best practices of the guiding industry. Trainees in Whitehorse during the winter of 2019 learned new skills and honed existing skills such as group management, interpretive guiding, avalanche safety, traditional tool making, cross country skiing, fat biking, ice-climbing, wilderness first aid, back-country safety, helicopter awareness and camp cooking.
One of our program initiatives is a Greenhouse Workplace Training program. The 21-week program started in April of 2019 in the Village of Haines Junction, Yukon. It was designed to combine wellness, non-formal learning (soft skills) and formal learning (hard skills), with the operation of two commercial greenhouses.