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YT Government: New live-in and outreach program to support youth at Nts’ äw Chua

Press Release

A new innovative program created to support youth and provide an alternative to traditional group care is launching in Whitehorse. A wide range of services with a youth-led, culturally relevant approach will be offered at 22 Wann Road, now named Nts’ äw Chua (in-so chua).

In both the live-in and outreach programs, staff will work closely with youth to enhance their quality and security of life through empowerment, skill-building, and strong social connections. Youth will learn valuable life skills and set goals for their education, vocation, community involvement, housing, family, and overall health and mental wellness.

Youth will have access to a variety of qualified staff, including: a youth culinary mentor to teach meal planning and cooking; a natural supports liaison to help them connect with their family, culture and community; and a youth outreach worker to help them access community supports, develop life skills, and pursue their goals.

A committee of First Nations Elders and youth with lived experience was consulted to name the new program. Elder Hazel Bunbury of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council provided the name Nts’ äw Chua, which means “wild rhubarb little creek”, and is the traditional Southern Tutchone name for the Porter Creek neighbourhood.

Young people transitioning out of care often face a wide range of barriers and deal with complex life experiences. We need to do more to support them and help them prepare for adulthood. This new and innovative program will provide youth in our care with the skills, support, and cultural, spiritual, familial and community connections they need to live rewarding and independent lives as they transition out of government care.

Minister Health and Social Services Pauline Frost

Quick facts
  • The programs provided at Nts’ äw Chua are available to any youth currently receiving, or eligible to receive, services from Family and Children’s Services.

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
[email protected]

Pat Living
Communications, Health and Social Services
[email protected]

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