National group recognizes Yukon teacher for bringing Indigenous culture into the classroom

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Pat Joe has been teaching children across the territory about Yukon First Nations cultures for over eight years. Now, she’s being recognized by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation for her leadership in Indigenous education.

Joe, who is a citizen of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, currently works at the Individual Learning Centre in Whitehorse, a drop-in centre that offers self-paced programming for students of varying needs and abilities. 

She said the idea to bring Indigenous storytelling into her curriculum came to her while doing research with the Yukon Government’s Department of Education. 

“That’s when all the stories came back to me and I started looking at them differently,” said Joe.

“I wanted to integrate

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