After century-long wait, Kluane First Nation celebrates construction of new school

The Kluane First Nation is celebrating the construction of a new school after a century-long wait. Students currently must take a 15 km bus ride to the K-7 Kluane Lake School in Destruction Bay in order to participate in education, and APTN News reports that many families have left the area so that their children can attend high school in other communities. The new school, called Kêts’ádań Kų–which translates to “house of learning” in Southern Tutchone–will be part of the Yukon First Nation School Board and will offer elementary, junior, and high school classes. It will include learning spaces that are connected to the land and will have a focus on language and cultural instruction. “We need to have a school for our culture and our language in the schools today so that we can continue our way of life for our people,” said Kluane Chief Bob Dickson. “Our hope is the kids are going to learn our language, the culture, and also they’re going to help the rest of the community learn also, because I think it’s a multigenerational connection.”