Education and training

  • Émilie-Tremblay school became a unilingual French school in 1990 and issued its first high school diploma in June 1996. There were 162 students enrolled at the school in 2008-2009.
  • Alpha Yukon, a French literacy committee, was established in 1990 and became a literacy sector for Yukon within the Service d'orientation et de formation des adultes (SOFA) in 2000.
  • The first French school board, the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon no 23, was created in 1995.
  • In 1996, AFY began to provide a regular adult education service.
  • In 1996, the Centre d'accès communautaire (community access centre) was created at AFY.
  • Stemming from the need for a complete, French-language daycare, the Garderie du Petit Cheval Blanc was created in 1989. In 1991, the Garderie's premises underwent renovations which increased maximum capacity from 14 to 26.
  • In 1997, the new Garderie francophone was opened on Falcon Drive next to the Émilie-Tremblay School with a maximum capacity of 33 children. In 2003, an expansion project enabled the Garderie to meet the community's increasing needs.
  • In 1998, the Partenariat communautaire en éducation (PCE) brought together Francophone community organizations active in the field of education. In 1999, the Deputy Minister of Education endorsed the creation of a joint working committee to address the issue of bilateral agreements in education. This committee was to look at the overall educational needs of Yukon Francophones from preschool to the postsecondary level.
  • In 2000, AFY established the SOFA, Service d'orientation et de formation des adultes. SOFA is a one-stop service offering various options to meet the needs of French-speaking adults in the areas of literacy, francization, skills training, personal and professional development and postsecondary education for credit.
  • In 2003, an office was opened in Dawson as a pilot project to identify and better address the education needs of this community's Francophones.
  • Émilie Tremblay School recently announced the contents of its new secondary-level program, Académie Parhélie. This original program is based on experiential learning and the integration of learning matters. Académie Parhélie has been operating since the fall of 2007 as a five-year project and is quite popular with students.