fnec-logoThe FNEC was re-established in April of 2013 by resolution from the YFN Leadership. The Commission’s Co-Chairs are Tosh Southwick, Kluane First Nation and Roberta Hager, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun with Vera Owlchild, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations serving as alternate Co-Chair. CYFN Education provides technical and administrative support to FNEC. This includes organizing and coordinating meetings; preparing agendas, minutes and other materials for meetings; preparing common briefing notes; drafting reports; soliciting research and writing funding proposals to support the Commission. CYFN Education initiatives support FNEC priorities to ensure cohesion and concerted efforts towards our common vision for First Nation education – YFN Student Success.

An overview of the Commission’s Terms of Reference is as follows:

  • FNEC provides technical support, advice and recommendations to Yukon First Nations that are members of FNEC with respect to education matters relating to Yukon First Nation citizens and communities. These education matters include early childhood education, primary and secondary education and employment training.


  • Provide technical support, advice and recommendations to YFN members of FNEC with respect to education matters;
  • Work to implement the YFNs’ authority with respect to education matters;
  • Promote collaboration amongst YFNs, governments and institutions with respect to education matters;
  • Identify areas of common interest and concerns to YFNs related to education, including programs, standards and measures;
  • Facilitate the development and delivery of culturally-appropriate education systems, programs, services; and
  • Promote the development of internal capacity within YFNs relating to education matters.

FNEC Priorities

The Commission works toward common and unified strategies and recommendations aimed at advancing YFN education; improving student learning outcomes for YFN students and improving the involvement and engagement of YFN students, parents, families and communities in the school system. Some of the priorities are:

  • Language/Culture Revitalization (including curriculum and resources)
  • Early Childhood (including parents)
  • Teacher/Admin – qualifications, hiring, certification, evaluation, cultural awareness
  • Best Legislative Route for Education – Education Act, Land Claims, Self-Government, Charter
  • Streamlining Committees
  • Support for High School Dropouts
  • Capacity for Educators (Pro D for teachers, co-expertise in content area)
  • FN Education Policy, Protocol, Procedures
  • Accountability for YFN Education Outcomes
  • Information and Data
  • Equity for Rural Communities
  • Grad Rates/Upgrading
  • Attendance
  • Equity for Rural Communities
  • Audit Financial Resources + Identify Obligations
  • Yukon Grant

If you have any questions or concerns on any educational matter, speak to your Commissioner who will bring it to the education table.

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