First Nations Initiatives

First Nation

Modern education rooted in tradition.

Yukon University recognizes and respects the unique history and cultures of all of the fourteen Yukon First Nations, upon whose Traditional Territories our reside. We strive towards cultural understanding and engage in an active partnership with Yukon First Nations. Under their direction, we work towards the integration and understanding of Yukon First Nations culture in our curriculum and throughout our operations.

The First Nation Initiatives department (FNI) is an arm of the President’s Office within Yukon University. FNI is a voice within Yukon University that is dedicated to integrating an understanding and awareness of the culture, traditions, and history of Yukon First Nations. The development of programming and its associated curriculum is essential to development of education and training services that meet the needs of First Nations. FNI also coordinates the President’s Advisory Committee on First Nations Initiatives (PACFNI).


President’s Advisory Committee on First Nations Initiatives (PACFNI)

PACFNI continues to grow and develop with the support and participation from each First Nation. PACFNI, comprised of educational representatives from each Yukon First Nation, plays an important role by assisting Yukon University in its goal to increase the effectiveness of programs and services offered, with the ultimate goal being the success of all Yukon University students.

PACFNI has a mission to provide strategic direction to Yukon University, specifically the Board of Governors’ and the senior management team. This high profile committee plays an important role by assisting Yukon University with its goal to increase the effectiveness of programs and services, as well as helping to support Yukon First Nations build capacity and implement their final agreements.

FNI aims to enhance the profile of First Nations by encouraging and supporting their involvement within the institution. Enhancing the role of First Nations and developing First Nation partnerships is a prime reason for the establishment and operation PACFNI and a main goal of the FNI department.