Education

Deputy Minister of Education Nicole Morgan and Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Ryan Sikkes pictured in a file photo from a 2021 press conference. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)

Deputy minister of education responds to criticism during audit hearing

Nicole Morgan blamed COVID-19 for delays in reforming inclusive education.

 

The Yukon Department of Education building in Whitehorse. (Yukon News file)

YCDC no longer issuing school exposure notices

The Yukon’s Communicable Disease Control (YCDC) unit will no longer issue COVID-19…

 

Deputy Minister of Education Nicole Morgan and Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Ryan Sikkes spoke to reporters Sept. 23 in Whitehorse and acknowledged that it was a mistake not to communicate with parents about a sexual assault investigation at Hidden Valley Elementary School. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Government says in-person learning is a priority, as three schools move online

Around a third of students stayed home on Jan 4, according to Yukon government data.

 

The sun peeks through the ice fog over the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse. (Yukon News file)

Extreme cold impacts Yukon schools and buses

School buses cancelled throughout territory

The sun peeks through the ice fog over the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse. (Yukon News file)
Allegations of restraint and physical confinement of students at Jack Hulland Elementary is being investigated by the RMCP and the Yukon’s Child and Youth Advocate. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Physical restrainment being investigated at elementary school in Porter Creek

Issues at Jack Hulland Elementary discussed at legislature.

Allegations of restraint and physical confinement of students at Jack Hulland Elementary is being investigated by the RMCP and the Yukon’s Child and Youth Advocate. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Jack Hulland Elementary School (Yukon News file)

Incidents at Jack Hulland Elementary raised in legislature

Education Minister Jeanie McLean says she is concerned and working with administrators.

Jack Hulland Elementary School (Yukon News file)
Hidden Valley School. (John Tonin/Yukon News)

Yukon’s child advocate defends review of Hidden Valley supports

Annette King insisted her organization has the legal authority to provide advice.

Hidden Valley School. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Yukon Minister of Education Jeanie McLean. (Yukon News file)

RCMP still investigating Hidden Valley after more potential victims identified

“They didn’t do the investigation properly in the first place.”

Yukon Minister of Education Jeanie McLean. (Yukon News file)
The law court building in Whitehorse. (File Photo)

Defamation suit launched over post alleging sexual assault at school

The author of the May 6, Facebook post allegedly injured the reputation of a Grade 9 student.

The law court building in Whitehorse. (File Photo)
The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse on Dec. 22, 2020. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)

Parents question why they weren’t informed about sex offender at Hidden Valley Elementary

The former educational assistant was convicted of sexual interference concerning a student

The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse on Dec. 22, 2020. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)

Twenty-four Yukon school attendance projects receive $150,000

Eighteen schools, school councils and First Nations governments will implement 24 projects

The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
Victoria’s Taya Lee, left, won Innovator of the Year in the 16 to 19 age category of the 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase, while Cranbrook’s Keanu Chan, right, won Innovator of the Year in the 12 to 15 age category.

Science Fair Foundation BC announces winners in third annual Youth Innovation Showcase

Keanu Chan and Taya Lee each win $5,000 for their innovations

  • Jun 14, 2021
Victoria’s Taya Lee, left, won Innovator of the Year in the 16 to 19 age category of the 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase, while Cranbrook’s Keanu Chan, right, won Innovator of the Year in the 12 to 15 age category.
2020 Haines Junction graduates line up for a photo on May 27, 2020 as part of a celebration parade through the village. While the St. Elias Community School is able to host an outdoor grad ceremony for 2021 grads this year, it will also host a parade and group photo as it did last year. (Marty Samis/Submitted)

Ceremonies and parades all part of 2021 grad

2021 sees old traditions return with some 2020 events adopted

2020 Haines Junction graduates line up for a photo on May 27, 2020 as part of a celebration parade through the village. While the St. Elias Community School is able to host an outdoor grad ceremony for 2021 grads this year, it will also host a parade and group photo as it did last year. (Marty Samis/Submitted)
According to a new report, 34 per cent of Yukon students were chronically absent last year. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Report finds school attendance rate a symptom of larger issues

In the 2019/20 school year an average of 34 per cent of Yukon students missed 20 or more days of school.

According to a new report, 34 per cent of Yukon students were chronically absent last year. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, Carcross/Tagish First Nation Elder Mark Wedge (Aan Goosh oo) and Education Minister Jeanie McLean during an opening ceremony for the release of the final report from the review of inclusive and special education in the Yukon on June 1. (Carcross/Tagish First Nation)

Report on special and inclusive education finds territory lacking in support

The report follows the 2019 auditor general’s report

Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, Carcross/Tagish First Nation Elder Mark Wedge (Aan Goosh oo) and Education Minister Jeanie McLean during an opening ceremony for the release of the final report from the review of inclusive and special education in the Yukon on June 1. (Carcross/Tagish First Nation)
Mayor Dan Curtis stands in front of Minister Richard Mostyn and MP Larry Bagnell during an infastructure announcement made outside Jack Hulland Elementary School in Whitehorse on June 2. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Safety improvements planned for Whitehorse school zones

Enhanced pedestrian crosses are planned to make walking to school safer

Mayor Dan Curtis stands in front of Minister Richard Mostyn and MP Larry Bagnell during an infastructure announcement made outside Jack Hulland Elementary School in Whitehorse on June 2. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Sweatin’ for Science participants have collectively clocked 90,000+ kilometres during the fundraiser – the equivalent of more than one lap around the perimeter of BC and Yukon.

Sweatin’ for Science group collectively travels the distance of one lap around the perimeter of BC and Yukon

Funds will make science fairs more accessible for those who might not otherwise be able to take part

  • May 31, 2021
Sweatin’ for Science participants have collectively clocked 90,000+ kilometres during the fundraiser – the equivalent of more than one lap around the perimeter of BC and Yukon.
This year's 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase winners will be announced at an awards show on June 10.

Youth Innovation Showcase finalists announced

Selected students to compete for two $5,000 prizes with winners announced June 10

  • May 31, 2021
This year's 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase winners will be announced at an awards show on June 10.
Tosh Southwick is one of two Yukon representatives on the task force. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
Tosh Southwick is one of two Yukon representatives on the task force. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
The Youth Innovation Showcase offers young people an avenue to showcase their innovations virtually and to network with some of the top players in the tech world.

Youth Innovation Showcase demonstrates innovative spirit of BC and Yukon

Annual competition gives young people a chance to win one of three $5,000 prizes

  • Mar 23, 2021
The Youth Innovation Showcase offers young people an avenue to showcase their innovations virtually and to network with some of the top players in the tech world.