WHITEHORSE – The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) hosted a graduation event at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on March 12th to celebrate the 14 Yukon First Nations graduates that completed the inaugural offering of the Yukon First Nations Family Support Worker Training Program.

The program was co-developed by the Council of Yukon First Nations and Camosun College and offered an adapted curriculum that reflects the unique culture and needs of Yukon First Nations.

The program is a part of CYFN’s efforts to improve outcomes for Yukon First Nations families and address the overrepresentation of Yukon First Nations children in the child welfare system. Graduates of the program will help to increase capacity within Yukon First Nations to ensure that family support services address the needs within the communities which is a key objective of the program.

The graduates of the initial offering of the Yukon First Nations Family Support Worker Training Program included:

Brenda Asp                   Northern Tutchone/Tahltan/Tlingit        Leadership Award Recipient
Crystal Bolton               Ross River Dena Council
May Bolton                   Ross River Dena Council                        Cultural Champion Award Recipient
Lisa Boutilier                 Teslin Tlingit Council
Mellissa Charlie             Ross River Dena Council
Melanie Dickson           Liard First Nation
Ashley Edzerza             Selkirk First Nation
Jodi Jules                      Teslin Tlingit Council
Gladys Ladue                Ross River Dena Council                        Transformation Award Recipient
Lauren McGinty            Selkirk First Nation
Joy O’Brien                   Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation
Heather Saggers           First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun           Academic Achievement Award Recipient
Elizabeth Shorty           Ross River Dena Council
Crystal Stoll                  Carcross/Tagish First Nation

For further information:

Lael Lund
Communications Advisor
Council of Yukon First Nations
P: 867.393.9200 ext. 9223 | cyfn.ca