Executive Council Office

Boards and Committees

Education Appeal Tribunal

Department: Education

Address: Box 31689, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 6L3

Email: beyondwords@northwestel.net | Phone: 867-667-5900 | Fax: 867-393-3904


The Appeal Tribunal functions as a board independently of the government. It may hear appeals arising from departmental, school or school council decisions. This includes decisions such as those affecting special needs students, suspensions, student records and locally developed courses of study. The Appeal Tribunal hears appeals from parents and students who wish to go beyond the Department of Education to resolve a dispute. In determining the outcome of an appeal, the Appeal Tribunal considers the educational interests of the child, the impact on all other students and any other relevant factors.

The Appeal Tribunal, in deciding a matter being appealed, may make an order doing one or more of the following:

  • confirming or varying the decision that is under appeal;
  • identifying a student as a student with special educational needs;
  • directing a School Board or the Deputy Minister to implement an Individualized Education Plan in a particular environment including, but not limited to, a regular class;
  • directing a School Board or the Deputy Minister to enrol a student in a school named by the Appeal Tribunal;
  • determining that an Individualized Education Plan be prepared for a student;
  • apportioning the cost of providing the services required for an Individualized Education Plan to a School Board, the department, or any other department of the Government of the Yukon;
  • directing a determination to be made in accordance with section 16 of the Act;
  • defining the contents of a student record when the appeal under consideration is pursuant to section 20 of the Act;
  • reinstating to school a student who has been placed on an indefinite suspension by a School Board, Council or superintendent pursuant to section 41of the Act; and
  • approving a proposal for a locally developed course if the appeal is pursuant to subsection 43(3) of the Act.


Period: 1991 to present
Type: Adjudicative


The Minister appoints a Chair, a maximum of 9 other members and a Secretary. The Minister may solicit and consider nominations for the membership from groups interested in education in the Yukon. The Minister must include a member nominated by the Central Indian Education Authority or by the Council for Yukon First Nations in the appointments.

Appointment process: Ministerial appointment

Requirements: The Chair and members must swear an oath of non-disclosure in the prescribed form for information gained during an appeal.

Term: The Chair and members are appointed for the terms specified by the Minister. Members are usually appointed for a 3 year term.

Meetings: As required.

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Current members:

Name Position From: To:
Daws, Patricia Chair 12/14/2017 12/13/2020
Markley, Terry   Member    03/14/2019    03/13/2022 
Grandy, Jennifer   Member    03/14/2019    03/13/2022 
Van Bibber, Janet   Member    12/14/2017    12/13/2020