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Yukon University

Dr. Karen Barnes 

President and Vice Chancellor 

867.668.8704 

kbarnes@yukoncollege.yk.ca 

Kelly Proudfoot

Director, Development 

867.336.2993 

kproudfoot@yukoncollege.yk.ca 

500 College Drive, PO Box 2799 Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5K4

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About YukonU

We will develop strong leaders to manage natural resources, collaborate with First Nation communities, and operate in northern environments.

The Council of Yukon First Nations is encouraged that the first university north of 60 will be YukonU. This will enable Yukon First Nations citizens to remain at home to achieve the post-secondary education they desire while continuing to be important contributors to their communities.

-Peter Johnston, Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief

It is critical that northerners are the drivers of their own future, and having our own homegrown university will empower Yukoners to do just that. Staying close to home has been critical for my own personal academic successes but having an education that is relevant in the northern context is even more important.

 

Our culture and environment in Yukon is distinct, and what works elsewhere won’t necessarily work here. I believe Yukon University will be a powerful instrument in creating a strong future for Yukon Territory.

- Michelle Legere, Yukon Native Teacher Education Program Graduate

Student Perspective

Life in the North is characterized by pride, resilience, and isolation. The land defines Yukon. For generations, Indigenous people have lived off the land and water; to this day, some still carry out subsistence hunting, fishing, and trapping.

 

First Nations are vital to the North. Yukon College is committed to continuing its work with Yukon First Nations as true partners, with the goal of decolonizing the institution and responding to the Calls to Action concerning education, from the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

Yukon is a large jurisdiction with a small population, and Yukon College is its only post-secondary education institution. Most Yukoners reside in Whitehorse, a vibrant city with amenities that exceed those in a city of its size in southern Canada — excellent restaurants, local coffee roasters, a variety of housing options and recreational facilities, and wilderness on the doorstep. 

For many people living in the territory, moving south for education or training purposes is not an option. The challenges of leaving their family and moving to a large institution in the city has limited their educational success. 

Yukon Context

  • 40,483 people reside in Yukon* 

  • 14 First Nations in Yukon, 11 self-governing 

  • 1,190 students enrolled in credit programming (unduplicated headcount) 

  • 578 student FTEs (full-time equivalent) in credit programming 

  • 54% of students are enrolled in university transfer or degree programs 

  • 23% of credit students identify as First Nations 

  • 26 years old – student median age 

  • 4,417 students in non-credit programs 

  • 13 campuses – 11 in rural Yukon 

  • 295 permanent or term faculty and staff 

  • 50+ programs that offer a degree, diploma, and/or certificate 

  • $47,362,841 annual operating 

           

     * As of November 9th, 2018 / YUKON BUREAU OF STATISTICS

YukonU Snapshot

At the present time

the Yukon Education system is designed to get students ready to go outside to university. Very few of our students feel this is necessary. We feel that there should be a university in the Yukon. 

Together Today for our Children Tomorrow Presented to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Ottawa, February 1973, By Elijah Smith and a delegation of Yukon First Nation leaders. 

Breaking Trail to YukonU

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