Canada, YK, YFNED collaborate to provide made-in-Yukon culturally-relevant ECE training

The Government of Canada, Government of Yukon, and Yukon First Nations Education Directorate (YFNED) have joined together to provide new early childhood educator training options. Federal and territorial funding will be provided to YFNED to support the design and delivery of a First Nations “Understanding the Early Years” course as part of a larger program. This course will be offered free of charge in Whitehorse and in rural communities to both Yukoners wanting to work in early childhood education and current ECE workers without a certificate level. “Early childhood educators are the very core of the Canada-wide system we are building with provinces and territories,” stated Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould. “The ‘Understanding the Early Years’ course will help ensure that early childhood educators in the Yukon are better equipped with the skills, training, and knowledge they need to successfully provide culturally appropriate services.”