Capacity Development

The Capacity Development Department represents the "Mental" portion of the Medicine Wheel. This Department is responsible for overseeing the education, training, and employment of C/TFN Citizens and staff.

C/TFN operates a licensed daycare, the Haa Yátx'i Hidí Early Childhood Development Centre, overseen by the Capacity Department. The Haa Yátx'i Hidí has 25 child care spaces and 7 staff.

The Capacity Development Department also supports the needs of C/TFN students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. This includes kids attending Ghùch Tlâ community School in Carcross, as well as students who move on to high school in Whitehorse.

After high school, the C/TFN Capacity Development Department provides support, financial and otherwise, for post-secondary and training needs of C/TFN Citizens and community Members. This can include university or college training as well as certification needs for employment, such as First Aid, WHMIS, chainsaw safety, etc.

Post Secondary Application Deadlines: 

  1. Fall Deadline (For programs starting between September-December): JUNE 1st 
  2. Winter Deadline (For programs starting between January-April): NOVEMBER 15th 
  3. Summer Deadline (For programs starting between May-August): MARCH 15th 


To support individuals in their pursuit of lifelong learning by providing education, training and employment opportunities and creating pathways to develop, realize and express their spiritual,  emotional, physical and mental capacities.


A Nation where the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental capacity of every Citizen is developed to its fullest potential through lifelong learning.




K-12 Programs and Services

Post-Secondary and Community Training Programs and Services

External Funding Sources

Peacemaking Circle Training

Peacemaking Circles Training Program

Our Families, Our Way, Bringing us home

* The Peacemaking Circle Training is offering another round of the Foundations Training (Course#1) this Winter. The Application deadline is January 3rd 2020. See schedule for orientation session, session dates and graduation day. 


Course #1 Foundations: (18 days)

This Foundations Course is the first of 3 Core Courses that will be offered in the Program. The objective of this introductory Course is to provide foundational knowledge and competencies related to conflict resolution and peacemaking. More specifically, the Foundations Course aims to cover:

  • 1st Session - Traditional Values covering virtues, values and practices, and how they provide a foundation for peacemaking.
  • 2nd Session - Communications key concepts behind just, non-violent and non-oppressive forms of communication.
  • 3rd Session – Intergenerational Trauma how trauma impacts human beings physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and how trauma can be transformed.
  • 4th Session Circle Foundations how all of the above applies in preparing for, holding and following up on a peacemaking circle process. The core principles, concepts and practices of an effective peacemaking circle process.

Beyond these areas of knowledge and competency, the Foundations Course aims to provide participants with an experience of connection and community that is transformational for them in a way that they need it to be. Positive change in our families, clans and communities will be based on healthy, loving and resilient relationships that support effective collaboration.

Further Courses in the Program being developed

Course #2 – Advanced Circle Keeper Skills (20 participants)

This second Course extends deeper into the purpose and practice of peacemaking. It will provide knowledge, skills and practice in organizing, preparing, facilitating and following up on peacemaking circles. It will also examine other types of circles. Graduates will have the core skills to begin conducting circles within family, school, work and community settings.





Course #3 – Specialized Circle Keeper Skills - Children & Families (15 participants)

This third Course extends further into circle keeping competencies required in sensitive child and family matters. This will be a specialized course given the unique dimensions of working in situations where children and families may be at risk, and where the child welfare system may become involved. The primary focus is refining skills and applying them to this specific context.

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Related News & Events

Notice Apr 29, 2021

Post-Secondary funding

C/TFN is now accepting post-secondary funding applications for the Fall semester. 

News Notice Oct 27, 2020

Peacemaking Circle Training Level 2

Graduates of C/TFN's Peacemaking Foundations course are invited to apply to Level 2 of this Arctic Inspiration Prize-winning program. 

News Events Apr 29, 2020

Post Secondary Education / Long-Term training program Funding application deadlines

Apr 29

Are you a registered C/TFN Citizen or Beneficiary attending a post secondary or long-term training program... 

Events Nov 28, 2019

Ghuch Tla Community School Christmas Concert and Dinner

Dec 17

Annual Ghuch Tla Community School Concert and Dinner at Haa Shagoon Hidi (learning Centre in Carcross) Concert at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 

Events Oct 16, 2019

Halloween Party 2019

Oct 31

Halloween Party at the Learning Centre from 12pm to 3pm  

Events Jul 08, 2019

Haa Kusteeyi Celebration 2019

Jul 26


Events Jul 08, 2019

Dahk-Ka youth & Elders Gathering

Jul 25

Dahk-Ka Nation is calling all Youth and Elders to gather at Skookies Camp 

Events Apr 18, 2019

Spring Clean up

May 1

Spring Clean May 1st from 9am to noon followed by a BBQ. Bags and Gloves will be provided by Capacity Department and the BBQ is sponsored by Governance.