Over the last decade the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation has seen an increase in young adults wishing to pursue their education in many post secondary fields. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is committed to supporting our young people, as funding agencies cannot fully fund students. We do this by providing financial support based on the student's application of studies. Because the student funding provided by VGFN is not 100%, we encourage our students to seek additional funding. We will assist students in seeking this funding.
In May 2004, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation took over the Student Support Program from the Department of Indian Affairs. We adopted some of their guidelines to carry out the program to fit our own needs.
In August 2004, Chief Linklater appointed five people to the Vuntut Gwitchin Education Committee. This is the first time a Committee has been appointed to oversee the Post Secondary and Training programs for the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. Our position requires us to accept, review and make decisions on all post secondary and trades applications.
VGFN Education Committee:
An Education and Training Policy was also developed to help the VGFN Education Committee with their decision making. This Policy supersedes any other Education and Training Policy that may have been used by VGFN in the past. Of course, since this is a new Policy, the VGFN Education Committee has made the commitment of reviewing the Policy on a yearly basis. This commitment is to better serve our young people in their decision of returning back to school.
The position is responsible for the overall delivery of Education and Training services to VGFN beneficiaries, and supervises the Employment Training Officer, ESWs in Old Crow and Whitehorse, School Bus Driver, and Homework Tutor.
Employment and Training Officer (ETO)
The Employment and Training Officer is responsible for administering the Human Resource Development Canada - AHRDA Sub agreement, policies and operational plans for training development and employment opportunities for Citizens of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. The ETO is responsible for developing training strategy, developing proposals for funding, marketing programs and projects, budget management and working closely with the Director of Education by maintaining liaison with businesses, agencies, organizations, Federal, Territorial and private sectors to create training and employment opportunities for Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation members.
Education Support Worker (ESW)
The ESW is responsible for implementing and promoting education within the native community and implementing VGFN education policies. Providing administration functions for the program, guidance and counseling to native students regarding their educational requirements, personal and other problems. Office hours are from 8:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday during the school year. September to June.
Home Work Tutor
The general responsibilities of the Homework Tutor is to provide intensive and extensive tutorial services for the students at Chief Zzeh Gittlit School. The Homework Tutor will provide administration functions for the program, guidance counseling to all students regarding educational requirements, personal and other problems, in addition provide reports for public meetings, The Annual General Assembly, and the Director of Education.
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