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Education Minister and KDFN Chief sign education agreement in Whitehorse

PHOTO: Kwanlin Dun Chief Doris Bill (Left) and Education Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee (right) By John Kennedy / CKRW

Education Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee and Kwanlin Dun Chief Doris Bill have signed a three year Education agreement aimed at improving educational outcomes for K-D-F-N students.

The Yukon Government and Kwanlin Dun First Nation signed a three year Education agreement aimed at improving educational outcomes for kDFN students.

Education Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee and Kwanlin Dun Chief Doris Bill signed the agreement during a ceremony in Whitehorse yesterday afternoon.

The agreement states the KDFN will have more authority and control over the education of its students through a series of investments over three years.

Bill says the recent report from the Auditor General has shown that the status quo is not acceptable.

"This will allow us to mutually shine the light on areas where there are barriers. Where those barriers exist, we can aim to try and get rid of those (barriers)."

McPhee closed her statements with a quote from "Together Today, For Our Children Tomorrow"

"If we are successful, the day will come when all Yukoners will be proud of our heritage and culture and respect our first nation's identity. Only then, will we be equal Canadians."

Both the KDFN and YG will be funding a total 681 thousand 465 dollars over three years to cover 3 new full-time positions, KDFN tutoring programs, and a number of other learning initiatives that will support first nations.

PHOTO: KDFN Chief Doris Bill speaking on behalf of the agreement being signed. By John Kennedy

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