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The world’s only northern country without some form of Arctic university may soon have three of them.

There are plans in all three of Canada’s territories to give their residents a better shot at higher education. Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut all have different approaches but similar goals.

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WHITEHORSE, YUKON – "Reconciliation is about establishing a mutually respectful relationship and we think, in the long term, that while education is what got us into this situation, we think education is the key to reconciliation.” - Senator Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

That is why it is time for a Canadian university north of 60°.

For many people living in the North, moving south for education or training purposes is not an option. The challenges of leaving family and moving to a large institution in the city limits educational success. This needs to change and the sooner it does, the better it is for Reconciliation in the North. We need a viable, local, post- secondary option to retain our bright and talented young people to build a strong and diverse future in the North. The time to do it is now.

Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo
Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo

WHITEHORSE—Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, director of the Labrador Institute at Memorial University will address the class of 2018 graduating students at Yukon College convocation this Friday, May 18.

WHITEHORSE—Yukon College is pressing pause on the one-year Computer Support Technician certificate program. The College has suspended intake to the program for the upcoming academic year and is conducting a review to assess how the program can better meet the needs of students and industry. 

“We are asking Yukon employers about their IT support needs and looking at comparative programs in Canada,” said Rodney Hulstein, chair of the School of Business and leadership at Yukon College.

YG and College officials celebrate launch of new degree
Yukon government and College officials celebrate launch of first made-in-Yukon degree.

WHITEHORSE—Following the recommendation of the Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC), the Government of Yukon has given approval to the new Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance at Yukon College.

Aubyn O'Grady
Photo credit: Joel Clifton

DAWSON CITY—Yukon College, along with its partners Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Dawson City Arts Society, is pleased to welcome Aubyn O’Grady as the new program director at the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) in Dawson City.

WHITEHORSE—Four ideas from Yukon innovators have been shortlisted for the 2018 Yukon Innovation Prize. The theme this year is social entrepreneurship. The finalists will each receive $10,000 to further develop their idea and compete for the grand prize of $60,000.

WHITEHORSE—Three, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals in Yukon will feature in upcoming episodes of a new Yukon-focused sub-series of a podcast series produced by Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) celebrating female role models.

Ornithologist and Yukon College science instructor Dr. Katie Aitken, Environmental Engineer and Chair of Engineers Yukon 30 by 30 Kirsten Hogan, and Institutional Researcher Dawn Macdonald of Yukon College were interviewed recently by WWEST Associate Chair Alison Anderson, P.Eng.

Yukon MP Larry Bagnell and Karen Barnes

WhitehorseBuilding a strong middle class means giving Canada’s youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs.

  Rebekha Johnny receiving highlights
 Rebekha Johnny receiving highlights

ROSS RIVER—Rebekha Johnny loves her new, short hair and orange, red, purple and blue highlights.

“I always wanted my hair short. After I got it cut, I then started to experiment with colour because I was seeing other people with blue and purple and red and wanted to see how I would look,” said Johnny.

WHITEHORSE—Twenty-two university Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Directors, Indigenization leads and Elders from across Canada are in Whitehorse on Monday for a one-day workshop on Indigenizing University Governance hosted by Yukon College and the BC Association of Institutes and Universities (BCAIU).

The event will be co-facilitated by University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons and Professor of Higher Education and Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto Dr. Glen Jones.