May 2024

Stanley Njootli Sr. has long been a strong advocate for cultural revitalization in his community. As an Education Support Worker, Njootli helped re-establish land-based programs in Old Crow, integrating traditional knowledge into the school curriculum. His efforts have ensured that students gain practical skills and an understanding of their heritage through land-based learning activities such as camping, hunting, and muskrat trapping.

In recognition for his decades-long commitment to traditional knowledge and land-based learning, Yukon University will present Njootli with an honorary doctorate degree at the 2024 Convocation.


Whitehorse, Yukon – Yukon University announces the conclusion of Jamena (James Allen)'s tenure as Chancellor. Allen's tenure will be remembered for his commitment to community engagement, as well as cultural and educational advancement in the Yukon. Allen served as Chancellor in transition as Yukon College became Yukon University.

“This University is very unique,” said Allen, “we’ve had input from all Yukoners, both First Nations people as well as non-Indigenous people, launched this all encompassing project called Yukon University. We have laid the foundation and the direction of this institution going forward. “

Even before his tenure as Chancellor, James Allen’s leadership was pivotal in creating the Executive Development program which later became the Indigenous Governance degree program. Celebrating six (6) graduates this year, this program has room to grow and will continue to support the educational aspirations for Indigenous self-determination.