DAWSON CITY IS A SMALL TOWN OF 1300 RESIDENTS IN THE YUKON, IN NORTHWEST CANADA. HOME OF THE TR’ONDËK HWËCH’IN FIRST NATION AND KNOWN FOR THE 19TH-CENTURY KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH, DAWSON SITS ON THE YUKON RIVER, AND HOSTS MANY TOURISTS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS.
Dawson is unlike anywhere else. Rooted in the culture of the self-governed Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, Dawson is rich in history, art and culture. On the outside the city still looks much like it did in the 1800’s, but look deeper and you’ll find a school community that is working together in a strong, collaborative model between First Nations and non-First Nations that makes us hopeful for the future of education in Canada.
While there, the Darkspark team collaborated with a multicultural class of Grade 8 & 9 students, superstar educators Peter Menzies, Aurora Knutson and Ashley Bower-Bramadat, Elder Doreen Olsen and staff from Robert Service School.
Thanks to Heritage Canada, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, The North Klondyke Music Society and Peter Menzies for their support in bringing the Four Directions Project to Dawson City.