Yukon government, First Nations agree to separate school board, Indigenous-led schools

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The Yukon government has agreed to establish a separate school board for First Nations, paving the way for schools geared specifically toward Indigenous students in the territory.

The First Nation School Board Framework Agreement, signed by the Yukon government and 10 of the territory’s 14 First Nations, lays out the process for establishing the school board under the territory’s Education Act. It does not include a timeline.

“I can tell you that our government is absolutely committed to see this through,” said Education Minister Jeanie McLean, at a news conference on Thursday morning.

The agreement marks “a turning point in history, both at a national and territorial level,” said Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Dana

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