Lutselk’e high school students petition to study outside community, Aurora adult learning program postponed

October 19, 2016

High school students in Lutselk’e, Northwest Territories are petitioning the territorial government to send them outside the community in order to finish their studies due to “dysfunctional” school renovations. Both high school and elementary students in Lutselk’e have been evacuated from their school since September due to mould, and have since been housed in a number of different buildings across the community. Florence Catholique, former principal of Lutsel K'e Dene School, expressed her understanding of challenges faced by high school students, but also noted the potential downsides to relocation, including concerns about the influence of drugs in larger communities and the loss of positive role models in Lutselk’e. One of the centres providing additional space for students is Aurora College’s Community Learning Centre for high school student education, which has postponed its adult literacy program in order to accommodate the students. “We are beginning to investigate other programs that might not require formal classrooms space,” explained Aurora President Jane Arychuk, who noted that the college is looking for other ways to provide its adult education programming. CBC (Youth Education) | CBC (Adult Education)