Indigenous YukonU

If you identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit—as 30% of our students do—or if you want to learn more about Indigenous culture and self-determination, you’ll feel right at home.

Yukon University believes everyone living or working in the North should appreciate and understand the rich culture, deep history and modern-day treaties of Yukon First Nations. Yukon University students, faculty and staff experience Indigenous education through integration of traditional knowledge and perspectives into programming, research, services and student life.

Walking our path together
An audio podcast exploring our journey towards reconciliation

Launched in March 2019, the eleven episodes of season one feature stories about Indigenizing curriculum, Elders on campus, land-based learning, and the legacies of residential school in Yukon.  

The podcast also covers our early days as a vocational school, the naming of the Whitehorse campus “Ayamdigut” (I-am-dey-goot), the 2008 Sunrise Report and its significant impact on the institution's relationship with First Nations in Yukon, as well as aspirations for the role Yukon University will play in Northern post-secondary education. 

The project is part of our response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. 

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Institute of Indigenous Self-Determination

Founded with the advocacy, commitment and consultation of all 14 Yukon First Nations, our mandate is to support First Nations leaders and to prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Through our nationally recognized Indigenous initiatives and strong partnerships with local First Nations, we emphasize the importance of finding northern solutions to northern problems.

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First Nations Initiatives

The First Nation Initiatives department is an arm of the President’s Office within Yukon University dedicated to integrating an understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nation culture, traditions and history.

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First Nations support services

First Nations Support Services assists students seeking information about First Nations funding, and University and community resources. It also offers personal support.

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Community. Collaboration. Research.

We're taking great strides towards developing research and innovation in partnership with Yukon First Nations. Yukon University addresses challenges faced by Indigenous governments and connects researchers to Indigenous communities, their problems and their policy interests.

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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 build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. All students are required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

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Innovative learning partnership for Indigenous youth

Grounded in reconciliation and rooted in our strong partnerships with Yukon First Nations, Yukon University has joined with the Mastercard Foundation, the Rideau Hall Foundation and Vancouver Island University to embark on a journey, working together, to make positive changes in education for Indigenous youth.

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