Aboriginal Head Start

Aboriginal Head Start offers First Nation children an opportunity to explore and develop a wide range of abilities and assets including curiosity, language and numeracy, cooperation, problem-solving, confidence, creativity, self-direction, strength and coordination. The overall objective of AHS is to provide First Nation families with a culturally based, parent-driven program that:

  • Increases awareness of their culture
  • Fosters pride in their Aboriginal roots and heritage
  • Offers a renewed awareness of traditional values and cultural skills
  • Fosters a lifelong love of learning
  • Develops school-readiness skills
  • Stimulates skills, knowledge, values and attitudes in the areas of
    • Health
    • Nutrition
    • Education
    • Language
    • Culture
  • Enhances quality of family life
  • Provides an accepting, nurturing environment for the emotional, spiritual, cultural, intellectual and social growth and development of each child.

At Tr’inke Zho, the program is available four days a week as a morning or afternoon program for three and four year-olds, and runs in conjunction with the school year. Intakes are in September.

The Parental Advisory Committee (PAC) for AHS usually meets during lunch hour on the second Thursday of the month.

Registration form (include link)

Please return to

Tr’inke Zho Aboriginal Head Start Program

PO Box 599

Dawson, YT  Y0B 1G0


Contact Lynette Peterson, Aboriginal Head Start Coordinator, at (867) 993-5927.


Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia

Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities - Health Canada


The Human Resources, Education and Training Department helps citizens access funding and opportunities related to employment, education and training. Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in funds about 75 citizens for post-secondary studies, close to 100 citizens for short-term training courses, and creates and funds 15 to 20 jobs for citizens each year.

What is funded?

How do I apply for post-secondary funding?

What about short-term training funds?

What services are available?


School Supply Bursary

Applications for a school supply bursary are accepted each year, and are typically posted over the summer.

Graduation Bursary

Applications for a high school graduation bursary are accepted each year. Submit your request to the TH Education Department before April 30.

Graduation Bursary Application

What is it?

The Education Outreach Program assists students who are not regularly attending high school along their educational path.

This program is designed to engage and empower young members of our community, recognizing that every student has unique needs and learning styles. The Education Outreach classroom offers a safe, respectful environment while facilitating activities, courses, cultural experiences, and conversations necessary for lifelong learning.

How does it work?

Students work in a self-paced, individualized learning program using curriculum accredited by the Yukon Department of Education.

Individual programs may include assistance with high school graduation, blended programming with Robert Service School, GED studies, Adult High School Graduation Certificate, trades introduction, work experience, job shadowing, community service, leadership, life skills, First Nations culture, field trips, student exchange, and much more. The Education Outreach classroom is located in the TH Health and Social Department Building, but much of the learning also takes place outside the classroom – within the community and on the land.

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Robert Service School and the Yukon Government are excited to offer this learning alternative for students in the community. We are striving to create a supportive and successful environment and model for our youth.

Aims and Goals

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Dawson program aims to:

  • Provide a role model and friend
  • Promote healthy relationships with friends and family
  • Build trust and self-confidence to support healthy decisions, such as staying in school
  • Encourage independent thinking and leadership skills
  • Promote having fun!

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is a partnership of the Robert Service School, Robert Service School Council and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Education.

The Mentorship Coordinator seeks to partner mentors with mentees who demonstrate common interests. Matched pairs participate in different activities in the community or at school, working to build positive, trusting and meaningful relationships. Continued support is provided for the duration of the partnership, including interviews with volunteers and families, match commencement, and closure.

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to serve as mentors for our school-aged mentees. Mentors must be 18 or older.


BBBS Dawson provides two types of mentorship

Community Mentorship

Community Mentorship occurs after school or on weekends. Matches are expected to meet approximately 2–3 times per month and engage in mentee-centred activities in the community for the duration of the school year. Some community activities include:

  • Skating or Sticks n’ Skates
  • Skiing at Moose Mountain
  • Lunch around town
  • Walks—consider going to the Humane Society and volunteering to walk some dogs!
  • Tobogganing
  • Berry picking in the fall
  • Playing Frisbee
  • Crafting
  • Yoga

In-School Mentorship

In-school mentorship occurs at the school for approximately one hour each week for the duration of the school year. The library and different locations around school are available for meeting with your mentor. Some available activities include the following:

  • In the library there are games, cards, colouring books, bracelet-making equipment and much more.
  • In the teacher workroom, there is hot chocolate and tea available.
  • Homework assistance may be a goal and is possible during this time.

Upon request, the Mentorship Coordinator can locate space on-site to play music or practice yoga.

Like to be a Mentor?

If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact the Mentorship Coordinator at or contact Robert Service School at (867) 993-5435.

This program is possible thanks to the support of volunteers, families, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Education, the Robert Service School, Robert Service School Council, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Yukon.