Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) and researchers at Yukon University are working in collaboration to address the effects of climate change thanks to a multi-year research project that will assess the vulnerability of the CAFN Traditional Territory to climate change and permafrost thaw.

Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, announced $429,028 in funding for the project through the Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program. He was joined by CAFN Chief Steve Smith, Dr. Lesley Brown, President and Vice-Chancellor, Yukon University, and Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon, at an event at Yukon’s NorthLight Innovation Centre.

WHITEHORSE, YT—Northern Vision Development (NVD) donated $1 million to Yukon University today and issued a challenge to Yukoners to raise a further $3 million to support students in their education goals.

“Yukon University’s new strategic plan offers a bold vision of the impact Canada’s first university north of 60 can have on our future. We challenge business leaders and individuals across the territory to fuel student success, research grounded in northern values and inspiring ways of teaching and learning. I look forward to working closely with Wendy Tayler and the Yukon University Foundation over the next two years to multiply the power of NVD’s gift,” said Rich Thompson, president, and chief executive officer, NVD.

Tune in as we celebrate our first-ever presidential installation!

Dr. Lesley Brown will be officially installed as the eighth President and Vice-Chancellor of Yukon University in a ceremony held at the Kwänlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon.


Friday, May 13, 10:30 Yukon Standard Time
President Installation Program





Yukon University has received $500,000 to support the successful inclusion of clean power initiatives into the electrical power systems of both Yukon and Northwest Territories (NWT). The Electric vehicles and smart heating research project will explore the potential effects that electric vehicles and smart heating units may have on the electrical distribution networks in these territories and offer novel solutions to address these challenges. 

Yukon University has received $230,800 to research how COVID-19 has impacted the residents of Old Crow and to prepare for future emergencies. “In Their Words: COVID-19 Experiences of the Vuntut Gwitchin people of Old Crow” is a one-year project led by the Vuntut Gwitchin Government in partnership with Yukon University and funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). 

This research project addresses issues related to COVID-19 in Indigenous communities by revealing the health and wellness impacts as described by the people of Old Crow. The project will be co-created by the community and involve guided conversations and story gathering, in order to learn from this current pandemic and plan for future health crises and emergencies. 

Yukon University has been awarded $75,000 to research a method for treating contaminated mine water with native bacteria at the Minto Mine site. The Mitacs Acceleration program and Minto Metals Corp. (Minto) are supporting this Master’s degree project that was built in partnership between the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Northern Mine Remediation and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). 

WHITEHORSE, YT—Yukon University Board of Governors has released a new Strategic Plan, Becoming, which sets out the journey ahead for YukonU to realize the promise and potential of being Canada’s first university North of 60.

Within the plan are five commitments that will guide the actions and decisions of the university across the next five years.

  • Build our identity and nurture our culture as a university

  • Take our place in advancing reconciliation

  • Continue to develop our northern expertise

  • Develop bold thinkers and confident change leaders

  • Be leaders for the common good

“We are grateful to Yukoners for their feedback on where they would like to see us in 2027. We are excited to get to work on fulfilling their vision for all that Yukon University can be,” said David Morrison, chair, Yukon University Board of Governors.

WHITEHORSE, YT—The Joyce Family Foundation has donated $1 million to support Yukon University student success with two renewable, annual bursaries alongside providing sustained funding for a peer mentorship program.

Students facing high financial obstacles who are beginning their post-secondary journey by entering the University Access Pathways (UAP) program can apply to this new bursary. The first deadline is May 15, 2022.

Each recipient will receive $3,000 towards academic and technology expenses. The bursary can be renewed twice for students in good standing who are continuing onto a YukonU diploma or degree program, providing up to $9,000 per recipient.

March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, the theme is Voices for Action Against Racism.

Racial discrimination continues to exist in Canada, including here at Yukon University. This means that the daily existence of students and colleagues who are not white is negatively affected because of the color of their skin or their ethnic origin. In some cases, discrimination emerges as barriers that are inherent to our structures and systems of operation within and beyond our institution, but at other times discrimination is experienced as disgraces of harassment and unjust behaviors, including silence, imposed by others. This is unacceptable.

WHITEHORSE, YT—Fourth year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students are channeling their work, life and university experience into a free, online workshop series—Find your Inner Guru.

Across two weeks starting Tuesday, March 22, Kendall Pigeau, James Punongbayan, Christy Huey and Tasha-Lee Schwantz will inspire compassionate leadership skills in business, people, budding entrepreneurs, fellow students and the public.

The interactive workshops will cover discovering your own superhero, building influence and growing positive impact, giving and receiving constructive feedback and using inclusive language in the workplace.

WHITEHORSE, YT—YukonU has announced that, as of today, it will be suspending the requirement that all students, employees and visitors be fully vaccinated at all campuses except for Campus Housing occupants.   

Also, as of today, masks will no longer be mandatory in all public spaces, classrooms and offices. 

Due to the close quarters of residential space, Campus Housing occupants must continue to adhere to the vaccine requirement until April 30. Also, occupants must continue to follow mask requirements and occupant capacity limits in eating areas and washrooms will be maintained until April 30, 2022. 

The Russian Federation’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine is deeply troubling. This assault on Ukraine and its people is an assault on the very democratic values that universities uphold by offering a safe space for free inquiry. 

Yukon University joins the many voices condemning the actions of President Putin and calling for an immediate end to this armed aggression. 

Yukon University stands with Ukraine, and we are heartened by the huge outpouring of solidarity with the Ukraine people, here in Yukon and around the world—including those in Russia risking everything to oppose their government.  


Yukon University supports the work by the Governments of Yukon and Canada to ensure refugees fleeing this war will be accepted into Canada.  

We recognize that many in the YukonU community may be affected directly and indirectly by the alarming news and images coming from Eastern Europe.