July 2022

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.

This week, I watched as Indigenous people from across Canada received words of recognition and apology for years of torture and abuse experienced in residential schools across Canada. I watched as tears fell on faces and as single arms were raised high into the air, and I saw that in seeking what is right, Indigenous people once again showed what it means to act with bravery, and with courage and with unbreakable spirit and indomitable resolve.

I respect that the words delivered this week have landed differently amongst those who are scarred by the actions of the Catholic Church and I respect that recognition and apology can feel like a trite offering to a history of abhorrent physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and sexual abuse; after a history of cultural genocide.

Canadian researchers continue to advance knowledge on a range of issues affecting the Arctic and the North, but the research landscape remains both complex and fragmented. A clear vision is required to ensure that Canada supports research that aids the self-determination and well-being of Arctic and Northern communities and responds to the needs and priorities of the people who live there. At the request of a consortium of Arctic and Northern research organizations from across Canada, led by ArcticNet, the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has formed an Expert Panel to identify the key foundational elements required to create an inclusive, collaborative, effective, and world-class Arctic and Northern science system. The Panel will be co-chaired by Karla Jessen Williamson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan, and Ashlee Cunsolo, PhD, Founding Dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies, Labrador Campus of Memorial University.

WHITEHORSE, YT—Peter Deegan is Yukon University’s new vice-president Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

Deegan is a Chartered Professional Accountant who was most recently vice-president Corporate Services and CFO with the Labrador-Grenfell Health Authority, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s four regional health authorities.

“Peter brings extensive public sector finance and administration experience from Labrador, Saskatchewan and Ireland to his new role, as well as a comfort with living in Northern Canada and working with Indigenous communities. He is a true champion for the value of education and is looking forward to joining Canada’s post-secondary sector,” said Dr. Lesley Brown, president and vice-chancellor, Yukon University.