Yukon University

Yukon University (YukonU)

Yukon College will become Yukon University (YukonU) in spring 2020. It’s been a long journey and now we’re ready!

The Model

Yukon University will be a hybrid university – a flexible, post-secondary institution that includes a place and a pathway for every learner.

We will provide greater opportunities for students to be grounded in research and education relevant to the North.

Our thirteen campuses will continue to play a critical role in delivering education to the communities of the Yukon, while inviting students from across Canada and internationally to come study with us and learn more about Canada’s north.

Yukon University will grow and be responsive to our values as a northern institution; we will prioritize the uniqueness of the North as a driving factor in all that we do. View the Indigenizing University Governance report, as one such example.

Northern Focused

Yukon University will stand apart from those in the South. It will reflect our own cultures and identities. It will be borne from our own experiences. It will contain our own ideas and aspirations.

Niche Programming

Yukon University will be known for focusing on education and research relevant to populations in the North, contributing to a responsive, resilient and versatile economy and society.

With this in mind, YukonU will build on our existing strengths. We’ll be known for unique, relevant, niche programming and research in the following areas:

Niche programming diagram

Climate change - society and environment

The climate is rapidly changing in the North and affecting our landscapes and lives. Yukon College has been recognized as a leader in climate change research for decades. This research spans community health and well-being, impacts on traditional culture and practices, infrastructure and economy, policy implications, community and individual resiliency and food security. The College builds on this strong foundation in climate change research to ensure its programs provide a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the study of a changing planet.

Indigenous self-determination and governance

The College has had strong partnerships with Yukon First Nations for many years, working closely with FN governments to share knowledge and build reciprocity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous traditions. In 2014, we won the inaugural gold award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) for Indigenous Education Excellence. The College has a history of taking seriously the role of education in reconciliation, a position now strengthened by the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Building on this history and the strengths, experience and knowledge of decades of First Nations self-governance in the Yukon, the College will continue to work in partnership with First Nations to provide programming that supports capacity development and self-determination.

Sustainable resource development, technology and innovation

Through education, training, research and innovation, Yukon College supports the sustainable development and stewardship of Yukon resources – the land, wildlife, water and minerals. For over five decades Yukon College has successfully delivered a wide range of apprenticeship, trades and technology training across the territory. As the College evolves, it will continue to play this role while also expanding training opportunities, connecting training more closely to research and emphasizing sustainable practices.

Current research in mine reclamation and bioremediation, alternative energy and cold climate and technology innovation offers many opportunities to align training with research and scholarship. Yukon College researchers work constantly to innovate and diversify resource development in the North, in areas such as renewable energy and agriculture, with a focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship.

The first three proposed degrees of YukonU: Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Arts in Northern Studies