Anglican Bishop William Bompas constructed the first residential school in the Yukon in Carcross in 1903. At that time, Yukon First Nation people were considered wards of the state, and residential schools were established as a means to educate and assimilate First Nation children into Canadian society. 

In 1911, Bishop Issac Stringer built the larger Chooutla Indian Residential School a few kilometres out of town. Hundreds of First Nation children from across the Yukon were sent to the school over the next few decades.

During the 1950s and 1960s, more schools began opening in Yukon communities and First Nation children were integrated into the public school system. Numbers at Chooutla begin to dwindle and the school officially closed in 1969.

The facility was re-opened as the Carcross Community Education Centre – an alternative high school run by the Anglican Church – in 1972. The building was demolished in the 1980s after the high school was closed down.
Today, the effects of mission schools still have a profound effect on aboriginal communities across the Yukon and the rest of the country. In 2008, the Canadian Government gave a formal apology to former students of Indian residential schools.

Points of Interest

Learning Centre

The Community Learning Centre is major project for Carcross Tagish First Nation and will be a place where they can share their culture and hold community activities...

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There are two churches in town. St. Saviour’s Anglican Church was built in 1914 and was associated with the Choutla Residential School. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was originally...

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Carcross Community Education Centre

In 1979, the Anglican Church re-opened the Chooutla Residential School as an alternative high school. Students from across Canada came to Carcross to study. Program included...

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