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Haines Junction YT Green Job Initiative student Success Stories

Haines Junction YT

Green Jobs Connects CAFN Students

Douglas McKinnon is teaching Yukon residents and tourists about the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) – from CAFN culture and values, to its talented artists.

“I am both teaching and learning,” says McKinnon,

“I am both teaching and learning,” says McKinnon, who is spending the summer working at the Da Kų Culture Centre in Haines Junction, Yukon.

Douglas is in grade 11 at both St. Elias Community School and FH Collins in Whitehorse, but his summer position is giving him hands-on learning experience – thanks to funding in part by the CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, with support from the Government of Canada’s Green Jobs Summer Work Experience program.

The Da Kų Culture Centre is a building that includes the CAFN, Parks Canada, and Yukon Tourism which all offer programming and information on different subjects.

In his role, McKinnon has a variety of jobs – from working in the retail store, to interpreting the building’s many exhibits. The variety of exhibit areas showcase the CAFN people’s culture and history, and in the summer months, guided tours of its outdoor and indoor exhibit areas are offered.

Douglas describes his summer job as uniquely green.

Douglas describes his summer job as uniquely green. .

“My job shares the CAFN culture, values, and traditional ways with others – giving them another perspective on nature,” he says. “We often connect people with the outdoors as well.”

He adds that his work has helped connect people and nature, and has also increased his own appreciation for nature and the environment.

“I learnt more about my heritage and culture as a CAFN member in relation to the outdoors,” he says.

“I learnt more about my heritage and culture as a CAFN member in relation to the outdoors,” he says.

Chris Gleason, summer student coordinator at CAFN, says offering uniquely green jobs to young people benefits the students, but also visitors and residents from the wider community.

“This position connects our students with tourists through telling our stories and traditional trails and territory,” says Gleason. “As well, some of the students helped with our summer literacy camps held at Da Kų with games.”

“This position connects our students with tourists through telling our stories and traditional trails and territory,” says Gleason. “As well, some of the students helped with our summer literacy camps held at Da Kų with games.”

He adds that he was thankful for the funding, which allowed him to hire five students.

He says he would definitely apply for the funding again.

“This funding allowed us to hire many students to work at Da Kų and one student even received an award through Yukon Tourism,” Chris says.

“This funding allowed us to hire many students to work at Da Kų and one student even received an award through Yukon Tourism,” Chris says. “This impacts the community by allowing students to have a work experience to build their capacity for the future.”

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