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Yukon First Nation learns to deal with more than hazardous waste in residential school clean up



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Shirley McLean
APTN National News

A community in the Yukon is learning to deal with hazardous waste left over from a residential school.

Members of the Carcross Tagish First Nation are cleaning up the old Chooutla Indian school site.

The Nation is reclaiming the empty site that sits on its territory.

“It’s nice to see that we’re finally getting this place cleaned up,” said Samantha Smith. “And hopefully we’re going to clean not only the mess that was left but spiritually and help the people that went to this school heal from it.”

 

The original school opened in 1911 but burnt down in 1939. It was replaced in 1950.

For some of the members of the Carcross Tagish Nation, cleaning the waste is also part of a different kind of clense.

Contact Shirley here: smclean@aptn.ca

 

 

 

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