CYFN is currently involved with the Promoting Partnership Building to Enhance First Nations Education project in partnership with First Nations Governements, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and Yukon Education.
First Nations Graduation Ceremony
CYFN coordinates the annual First Nations graduation ceremony. The most recent ceremony was held at the Yukon Convention Centre on June 5, 2009 with 121 First Nation graduates. There were 123 graduates in the previous year. The ceremony is very important to the graduates and their families and is done in traditional fashion. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the graduates’ achievements and illustrates the importance of education to First Nations people. The graduates come in traditional dress and there are traditional dancers, drummers and entertainers at the event as well as traditional food. First Nation leaders also attend and present the graduates with their certificates.
The Council and the Yukon First Nations Graduation Society did some successful fundraising this year to ensure that all the costs of the ceremony would be covered and they were. Fundraising was done through a bingo. We also fundraised through local businesses and their generosity is highly appreciated. Most First Nations also contribute to this event and we would not be able to put this event on without them. To all of you who contributed, the Council would like to thank you for enabling us to host this important and successful event once again this year!