Explore the Indigenous North
Learn about the history, cultures and accomplishments, as well as the social, political and national concerns of First Nations and other Indigenous peoples of Yukon, the Canadian North and the circumpolar world.
Northern First Nations Studies and COVID-19 in Fall 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.
Please 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.
Northern First Nations Studies is an interdisciplinary program in which students learn about the history, cultures and accomplishments, as well as the social, political and national concerns of First Nations and other Indigenous peoples of the Yukon, the Canadian North and the Circumpolar World.
- Grade 12 graduation with English 12
If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a program advisor.
To graduate, Diploma students must complete 60 credits, including
- ENGL 100 and ENGL 101 (6 credits)
- Two science electives (6 credits)*
- Two social-science elective (6 credits)
- Two Northern Studies core courses (6 credits)
- One First Nations Studies (FNST) I elective (3 credits), ANTH 140 highly recommended
- Two FNST II electives (3 credits)
- Two FNST III electives (6 credits)
- Seven open electives (21 credits)**
In addition, diploma students must
- complete six courses (18 credits) at the 200 level or above
- complete at least 50% of the coursework at Yukon University
- maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ELECTIVES: NFNS Diploma students may optionally take up to 12 credits of open electives from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science (excluding Continuing Education).
However, students must recognize that such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions and could result in a credit shortfall upon transfer. Students working towards a degree should check their course selection with a Program Advisor.
*NOTE: As of May 2019, science elective courses no longer require labs. Please check with a Program Advisor to discuss options.
**NOTE: The seven open electives specified above may be filled with courses in the FNST I, II and III electives categories, provided all other requirements are met.
The diploma graduation requirements list was updated on 25 June 2021 to remove the erroneous inclusion of requiring "NFNS core" courses.
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
For transfer information on a specific Yukon University course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.
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.
There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.