Heritage and Culture (Not currently accepting applications)

Learn from the past to inform the future.

An effective heritage department can be a tremendous asset to an Indigenous government. Become a member of these teams, and help root the entire government in its past so it can use that knowledge to inform its future.

COVID-19 and Heritage and Culture in 2021

Yukon University made changes to the way its courses are delivered as a result of COVID-19.

Fall 2021 at YukonU: Planning is underway to support a safe, CMOH approved return to campus for Fall 2021. We look forward to welcoming our students, faculty, staff and the public back on our 13 campuses. For the most up-to-date Fall info, see YukonU.ca/COVID-19.  

Scheduled courses will be offered face-to-face and online this academic year. Some courses may have weekly scheduled video-conferenced sessions, while others may run entirely face to face. See the course pages and course outlines for details.

The field school, ANTH 144, has been cancelled this year. Students in the program will be informed about options for this course.

Contact the School of Liberal Arts or a program advisor for assistance or for more information about COVID-19-related changes to the program and its courses.

Program description

Combining theory and practice, the Heritage and Culture certificate (HCC) prepares students for work in the heritage and culture management field, with a specific focus on Yukon First Nations heritage and culture management.

Topics covered in the HCC include:

  • Yukon First Nations history
  • public administration
  • archives and collections management
  • preservation of traditional knowledge
  • language and culture
  • anthropology

Students develop a foundation of professional ethics and values, self-awareness and critical thinking, and an understanding of heritage issues within their communities.

The HCC is available to students in the communities through distance-learning technologies.

Admission requirements
  • High School graduation with English 12; OR
  • Acceptance into a post-secondary program comparable to HCC; OR
  • Five years of manager-level work experience with four to five writing samples (eligibility assessment to be conducted by Liberal Arts faculty).

If students do not meet any of these admissions requirements, they should explore other entry options with the HCC Coordinator (867 668 8879).

Heritage and Culture access pathways

Students who do not meet HCC admissions requirements can also explore Heritage and Culture access pathways--packages of access-level coursework leading to the HCC program--with the Chair of Liberal Arts (867 668 8770).

Graduation requirements

To graduate students must

  • complete all core courses (24 credits)
  • complete two open electives (6 credits)

In addition, certificate students must

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)
  • complete at least 50% of the coursework at Yukon University 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LIBERAL ARTS/SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT AND OPEN ELECTIVES: Heritage and Culture certificate students may take up to six credits from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science (but excluding Continuing Studies).

However, students must recognize that such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions and may result in a credit shortfall upon transfer. Students working towards a degree or program at another institution or planning to continue post-secondary studies in the future should check their course selection with a Program Advisor.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency


HCC courses are transferable to institutions affiliated with the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), although the transfer credit granted by BCCAT affiliates varies; the transferability of ANTH 144 is currently pending.

For transfer information on a specific Yukon University course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. Note: FNGA 100 is stored as EDP 100 in the BCCAT system.

For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 5209 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.