The Drive

3:00PM - 6:00PM

Song information is currently unavailable.

    Khàtìnas.àxh School Students Win This Years Canada's Coolest School Trip Contest

    Teslin is located along the Alaskan Highway in Southcental Yukon (Photo courtesy of

    Parks Canada's Honourary Guide for Families Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has announced that the grade five, six and seven class from Khàtìnas.àxhCommunity School in Teslin have won this years Canada's Coolest School Trip contest.

    Parks Canada's Honorary Guide for Families Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has announced that the grade five, six and seven class from Khàtìnas.àxh Community School in Teslin have won this year’s Canada's Coolest School Trip Contest.

    The contests asked participants to submit a photo essay about an environmental stewardship activity that has helped advance a communities local history and culture.

    Grade 5, 6 7 Khàtìnas.àxh School Teacher Erika Keenan says the idea for the submission started when they realized their Tlingit website matched the guidelines for the contest well.

    "We had seen the contest where you could win a trip to Manitoba if you had done some sort of stewardship project, working on either a Parks Canada historic site or a Parks Canada mandate. One of their mandate's was how to be partners with your local Aboriginal Culture. We decided that our website fit the ticket and we entered the contest. "

    Keenan says the website encompasses a variety of Tlingit language and cultural initiatives.

    "It was based off the local Tlingit culture and we put information on there about the Tlingit people, we did translations of different words, and students participated in a button blanket activity. We put (the material) up on the website so people could see what we were doing. We were just trying to raise awareness about our local culture."

    Keenan says her students have now won an all-paid vacation to Manitoba to discover Parks Canada's  Lower Fort Garry Historic Site.

    "It's a five-day, all expenses paid trip to Manitoba and the kids learn about Canada's history. They do a lot of experiential learning like going to historic sites, national parks and museums."

    Canada’s Coolest School Trip is run by Parks Canada in collaboration with other societies, and classes of up to 35 students are allowed to compete in the annual contest each fall before a panel of judges select the winning prize in March.  

    One notable runner-up includes students of Indian Head High School in Saskatchewan, with their submission explaining how sharing and telling stories allows First Nations members to become knowledge keepers.

    Anyone interested in the Khàtìnas.àxh school project can visit the Teslin Tlingit Language website.


    More from CHON FM News


    • Mon


    • Tue


    • Wed


    • Thu


    • Fri



    • Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon is looking for a News Reporter Intern for the summer.

      CHON-FM Indigenous Radio is looking for a News Reporter Intern to be working under the supervision of the General Manager. Following the Policies of Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon, this position is responsible for gathering, writing, and producing and presenting news with an emphasis on First Nations topics and perspectives. If you’re looking for an exciting career in news reporting with a cultural focus, in a beautiful location with a high quality of life, this is your opportunity to get your foot in the door!

    • Whitehorse City Councilors Prepare to Advance Wildfire Mitigation Strategy

      City councilors discussed advancing their Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategy at a city council meeting Monday night. The discussion revolved around awarding a $69,000 contract to a Yukon-based company to help implement the strategy goals.

    • Conservation Officers to Hold Archaeological Awareness Event Tomorrow

      Yukon Conservation officers will be holding an evening lecture tomorrow at 6:30pm at the Yukon Beringia Centre regarding discovering and acting upon First Nation and other archaeological sites when they're found in the Yukon wilderness.