YK invests in student support initiatives, creates 81 new full-time student support positions

The Government of Yukon has announced two initiatives to improve student learning and wellbeing over the next three years. The territory is investing $1M into student support initiatives and resources, including culturally appropriate supports. Part of the funds will be used in partnership with YK First Nations governments to hire Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and other community leaders. YK is also creating 81 full-time student support positions over the next three years, which will include school wellness counsellors, education assistants, and learning assistance teachers. “The inclusion of wellness counselors and improved cultural supports represents a major milestone in our efforts to implement wrap-around support in all Yukon schools,” said YK Minister of Education Jeanie McLean.