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Communities across Northern Canada are witnessing first-hand the devastating impacts a changing climate is having across Arctic ecosystems. Livelihoods, Indigenous culture, social relations, food security, health, well-being      and a way of life, which have existed for generations are all being impacted.

WHITEHORSE, YT—Yukon University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lesley Brown has announced several changes to the roles and structure of the senior team leading the Canada’s first university north of 60.

Dr. Shelagh Rowles has accepted a three-year appointment to the position of Provost and Vice-President Academic. Dr. Rowles holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D from the University of Saskatchewan in the field of history, public policy, and innovation and has been with the university since 1991.

WHITEHORSE, YT— Following an extensive search within the territory, Gavin Gardiner has been selected as YukonU’s inaugural University Secretary and General Counsel.  
 
Gardiner is a lawyer who joins Yukon University from Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP where he is a partner. He supports the governance of northern First Nations with a practice focused on modern treaty implementation, employment law, policy development and restorative justice. 

WHITEHORSE, YT An exhibit of paintings by Maegan Garrett celebrates the beauty of the written word. 

“In our world of instant gratification and disposable culture, a writer’s ability to paint vivid pictures with words is something we need to hold onto. Playing with language is an underappreciated art form in a social climate of sound bites and memes. The exhibit, Wordscapes: Paintings Shaped in Books, is my way of celebrating great writing and the art of language”, said Garrett. 

On September 1, the Every Child Matters flag was raised and will fly for the entire month. On September 30, the National Truth & Reconciliation Survivors flag will be raised and fly permanently in honour of Residential School survivors. The Survivors’ Flag - NCTR.

WHITEHORSE, YT—This year, Yukon University students have access to over $53,000 in financial support thanks to the generosity of donors across the Yukon and Canada. The application deadline for $31,000 in student awards is October 3, with a further $22,000 available in the winter semester with an application deadline of January 31. 

WHITEHORSE, YT—Close to 500 rock and mineral samples collected from across Yukon and the western United States by the late George Gilbert, a respected Yukon geologist and placer inspector, has been donated to the Earth Sciences program at Yukon University by Gilbert’s children, Mark Gilbert and Dolly Robertson.   

Dear students and colleagues, 

Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s Head of State, passed away today at the age of 96. Accordingly, the flags at Ayamdigut campus that can be lowered will fly at half-mast until the day following the Queen’s memorial service in Canada (date to be determined). Her eldest son, King Charles III is Canada’s new Head of State. 

WHITEHORSE, YTThree students and one faculty member from Yukon University have spent several months in Norway and Sweden this year thanks to the north2north mobility program through the University of the Arctic 

Dear students and colleagues,

My heart is with the communities of James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan, as well as the students, faculty and staff among us who have ties to Saskatchewan, following the unspeakable actions that have left 10 dead and many injured in those communities.  

It is right to be shocked by such news and right to feel upset. Many of us feel grief for these communities even though we may not have direct connection to them.  

Whitehorse, Yukon – The Yukon First Nations Climate Action Fellowship has released a Draft Summary Reconnection Vision and Action Plan (RVAP) for Engagement along with a short film about the plan and an engagement survey to hear from northerners about their relationship to reconnection in their lives and communities.

The 20-month Yukon First Nations Climate Action Fellowship is comprised of 13 Yukon First Nations youth fellows from across the territory and aims to decolonize climate policy in the North by empowering youth to lead the charge.

Kwanlin (Whitehorse), YukonWater and wastewater operators play a critical role in ensuring drinking water safety by helping to prevent and reduce risks to water and wastewater systems. Access to ongoing training, mentoring and support is key to building First Nations’ capacity to manage water systems, and recruit and retain qualified water operators.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Yukon University today announced a new program delivery model to enhance water and wastewater operator training and support in the region.