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WHITEHORSE, YT — The Yukon College community is saddened by the passing of former chancellor Elder T’aaḵú Tláa Pearl Keenan. We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends and the Teslin Tlingit Council. In observance with Tlingit protocol we will not display images of Pearl until after the headstone potlatch.

Pearl was passionate about education and dedicated to the College and all our students. In the 1960s, she was a fierce advocate for a vocational school to provide training, skills and education to Yukoners. The school opened in 1963 and became Yukon College in 1988. 

Pearl then became our longest-serving chancellor, from 1993 to 2000, during a time when the College saw the first graduates of the Bachelor of Education (YNTEP) program, the creation of the Bachelor of Social Work program and establishment of the Northern Research Institute

WHITEHORSE, YT— A newly launched institute for climate policy research will have a Yukon connection. Brian Horton, Manager of Northern Climate ExChange at the Yukon Research Centre, has been named to the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices expert advisory panel for Climate Adaptation.   

The Institute, launched Tuesday morning, aims to bring clarity to Canada’s climate policy choices. The Institute’s initial report, Charting our Course, describes the current climate landscape in Canada and provides recommendations for policy makers and governments seeking to implement more effective policy.  

Amber church painting

WHITEHORSE, YT. — An exhibit of new work by Amber Church invites us to consider the threats facing iconic Canadian landscapes.

Dr. Janet Welch and Jeanne Beaudoin sign the MOU document
Jeanne Beaudoin, président de l'AFY (G), et Dre. Janet Welch, Vice-présidente, académique et des services aux étudiants (D) signent le nouveau protocole d'entente. | Jeanne Beaudoin, l'AFY President (L) and Dr. Janet Welch, Vice-President Academic and Student Services sign the new MOU document.

 

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Cian speaking to participants
Cian O'Neill-Kizoff, coordinator for First Nations & Community Youth STEM Outreach at Yukon College speaking at Future City wrap up event, Dec. 11, 2019.  

WHITEHORSE, YT— Future City starts with a question – how can we make our city more sustainable? For the first time, Yukon College invited local youth in grades six to eight to share their curiosity and creativity around the topic.  

Jeff Stokes in a CAT

WHITEHORSE, YT — Variety of work, facing new challenges every day and problem-solving. These are the three things Jeff Stokes likes most about his new job at Mount Sima Ski Hill.  

Students
Interpretive Guide students, Matthew Brown and Chelsea Etienne cutting babish for snowshoes they are making. 

Kwanlin (Whitehorse, Yukon) - Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) and Yukon College are partnering on a new 21-week Interpretive Guiding course called Dän Dákeyi Uyenjì. The Southern Tutchone name means ‘that person knows our country’ and reflects the land-based nature of the program.

Unlike a typical classroom environment, the program is based in a wall tent on Yukon College’s Ayamdigut campus in Whitehorse with regular backcountry excursions on the land in the CAFN Traditional Territory.

Peter and Outi
UArctic President Lars Kullerud and VP Organization Outi Snellman address board members, Yukon College executives and government ministers at a dinner Monday evening.

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Brian McDonald, Sam Johnston and Judy Gingell
Brian McDonald, Sam Johnston and Judy Gingell at the first Perspectives Series talk (Jan 30, 2018)

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Yukon University Act print out

The Yukon University Act has officially passed Third Reading during the fall sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly. Once it has received assent and come into force, the Act will set the legal framework for a university in Yukon Canada's first university north of 60. 

Haul Truck grads
The graduating class of this fall’s haul truck operator program (left to right): Krista Ladue, Tara Ollie, Destiny Skidmore, Shirley Ladue, Katherine Atkinson, Chelsea Etzel and Melissa Ladue.

WHITEHORSE, YT — On Monday, October 21, 2019 seven Kaska Dena women, along with instructors, families and friends celebrated the completion of a haul truck operator program in Ross River.