Dawson, Yukon: On May 28, 2023 Chief Roberta Joseph of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (TH) and Will Fellers, President of the Klondike Placer Miners’ Association (KPMA), presented a $7,500 cheque to the Robert Service School (RSS) on behalf TH and the KPMA. The funding is intended to be used for enriching student programs in arts and theatre, wood and metal shop, as well as computer programming at the school. These programs support the needs of RSS students and encourage students to develop in areas that will eventually contribute to the community well-being and to the local economy.

The work of RSS staff, along with community funding support, has allowed for the growth of several key programs over the past few years. Since 2018, TH and the KPMA have been proud to jointly contribute over $24,500 to the RSS educational programs. These funds have been used to support: Experiential Education programs, musical instrument building and use, indoor athletic supports, art installations and enriching metal and wood shop programming. It is our hope that these opportunities help to build upon students’ interests and abilities, hopefully leading to successful career paths in Dawson City, or otherwise.

This joint funding is provided as part of a shared relationship building table between TH and the KPMA, in which both parties work together towards topics of mutual interest. A key priority of this table since it inception in 2018 has been community growth and well-being, within which support for our youth has become a focus. TH and the KPMA are proud to partner toward positive outcomes in the community, especially when our children benefit, and look forward to future opportunities to pursue shared interests that support the Dawson community.