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Old Crow, Yukon

Old Crow is in northern Yukon on the banks of the Porcupine River and is accessible only by aircraft, some years by winter road and, if you like an adventure by canoe. The population of Old Crow is approximately three hundred people. There is a co-op store that provides groceries and necessities, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment, a Nursing Station, Bed n' Breakfast accommodations, First Nation Office, a Skating Arena, a Youth Center, and a Community Center, where we hold our potlatches, dances and entertainment for the community.

Old Crow is the home of the Vuntut Gwich’in first Nation. The community is rich in culture and traditional ways. Culture is a very important part of the education of the children of Old Crow. All students study Gwich’in, and take part in cultural activities. Traditional cooking, sewing, beading, working with furs, and making traditional tools and items are part of the cultural activities that are ongoing. Elders visit the school to tell stories, cook with the children and assist with other activities. All students will have time on the land.

For more information, visit www.oldcrow.ca.

Chief Zzeh Gittlet School

Chief Zzeh Gittlet School

Chief Zzeh Gittlit School is the furthest north of Yukon schools. Culture is a very important part of the education of the children of Old Crow. All students study Gwich’in, and take part in cultural activities. Traditional cooking, sewing, beading, working with furs, and making traditional tools and items are part of the cultural activities that are ongoing. Elders visit the school to tell stories, cook with the children and assist with other activities. All students will have time on the land.

In October 2016, there were 35 students at the Chief Zzeh Gittlet School in all grades from K4 to Grade 12.

For more information about the school visit czg.yukonschools.ca.

Chief Zzeh Gittlet’s School Food Program

The funding that the school receives from Yukon Food for Learning Association is provided by Yukon Health and Social Services and Breakfast for Learning. It is used to operate a breakfast and morning and afternoon snack program.

About 26 students access the breakfast and morning snack program each day and a few more get afternoon snacks, about 31.

In addition to the direct funding that the school receives from YFFLA, the Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation supplements the food costs with a $2000 donation and uses funding from Nutrition North to cover the costs of preparing a hot lunch for the students 3 days a week between November and April of each school year.

VGFN also supplies caribou, fish and local fruit and teaches the students how to prepare and cook these traditional foods.

Thank you to ---

Yukon Health Breakfast for Learning VGFN