The Gadzoosdaa student residence provides accommodation for high school students from rural schools that don’t offer all of the high school grades. Students live in the residence while completing their high school education at a secondary school in Whitehorse or the Individual Learning Centre.
Students from Yukon communities who move to Whitehorse to complete high school and do not stay at the Gadzoosdaa student residence can apply for a Student Boarding Allowance .
Gadzoosdaa opened in October 1990. It is named after Virginia Smarch, a distinguished Elder of the Teslin Tlingit Council (Wolf Clan) who was affectionately known as “Gadzoosdaa” in her native Tlingit language. Mrs. Smarch was the first person to teach the Tlingit language at Teslin School. Over the years, she gave generously of herself, providing interpretation services at meetings and speaking at gatherings of young people. Above all, Mrs. Smarch was a superb storyteller. Young people loved her stories from the past, which shared important lessons and insights into First Nation culture.
For more information, visit the Gadzoosdaa website.
15 Selkirk Street
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 8067
Fax: 867- 393-6354