Gadzoosdaa Student Residence
The Gadzoosdaa Student Residence was officially opened by the
Honourable Piers McDonald, Minister or Education, October 4th, 1990.
The Gadzoosdaa Student Residence is named in recognition of
the many contributions made by Mrs. Virginia Smarch.
Yak’éi haat yigoodí!
~ It is good that you have come! Tlingit
Elder Mrs. Virginia Smarch
Mrs. Smarch, who in Tlingit was affectionately known as
Gadzoosdaa, was a distinguished Elder of the Teslin Tlingit
Council (Eagle Clan) and was the first teacher of the Tlingit
language in the Teslin School. Over the years, she gave
generously of herself to act as interpreter at meetings and
to speak at gatherings of young people. Above all,
Mrs. Smarch was a superb teller of legends, complementing
her stories with appropriate lessons and insights for present
day conditions and the younger generation.