• Daily instruction – we are instructing everyday and all our carvers have had the opportunity to instruct.
  • JV Clark School, Mayo – for the first time, we were able to connect with a rural school. Two carvers travelled to Mayo to put on a week log paddle-making workshop. The idea grew into a community wide culture week, with involvement from the Yukon College and the Nacho Nayak Dun First Nation
  • Porter Creek Culture Camp – two carvers put on a design and paddle-making workshop over four days for grade 8 and 9 students. The camp took place out in Champagne, YT.
  • Student Success – it is inspiring to observe the development of our students though out each year. In a short amount of time, the work produced by students greatly improves, more importantly the affect our program has on self-confidence and self-worth improves. We often have students come in to visit or continue learning after finishing the program.
  • School Support – in particular, our partnership with Elijah Smith Elementary continues to be a model that we would like to replicate in other schools. Here, we run beginners and advanced programs 4 days a week. The students in advanced programs will be more involved in complicated projects, and are responsible for helping out beginners. There is always a strong desire to move toward a larger scale project for the next year. All the schools that we have been involved with this year are committed to continue and build upon programming.
  • Community Support –there is a strong interest from within the community of Whitehorse for workshop opportunities. Already this year we put on works for the Lodge, Girl Guide groups and Parks Canada benefits. By the end of the year all our carvers had the option to take part in all projects; which provided opportunities to take leadership and mentor those in need.

Future Plans

The “Elijah Smith Model” – we would like to grow our existing school programs in the model of Elijah Smith. Beginner and advanced programs allow students to make progress and advance skills at their own pace.

The “Mayo Project” – after a successful workshop in Mayo, we plan to increase our presence in the communities by visiting as many as possible. We’d like to begin building a more permanent program with the JV Clark School and model other community projects after it.

Build Capacity – a long-term vision of the society is to build the program to offer accredited courses for high school students. This would involve creating a curriculum, and continue instructional training.

Foster Partnerships – more partnerships offer more opportunities to reach a larger clientele. It is clear that there is a demand to learn First Nations Art. We have to capacity and motivation to meet that demand.