Aboriginal Engagement at Yukon College
Yukon College welcomes Aboriginal students. Our philosophy is one of integration, where Aboriginal students are a valued part of all aspects of the College. We strive to develop an understanding of First Nation cultures throughout the institution.
For more information on Yukon College’s engagement with First Nations, see our First Nation Initiatives Department.
Much of the Yukon College curriculum is northern focused and built in partnership with our First Nations partners. Click here for a full list of YC programs.
An example of some of the programs and courses that include a First Nations and northern focus are:
- First Nations Governance and Public Administration
- Heritage and Culture certificate
- Education degree-Yukon Native Teacher Education Program (YNTEP)
- Renewable Resources Management diploma
- Northern First Nations Studies certificate and diploma
- Land Claims and CED Process
- Aboriginal People/Canadian Criminal Justice
- Cross Cultural Education
- Social History of the North
- History of Yukon First Nations
- Land/Environment - Circumpolar I
- People/Cultures: Circumpolar
- Northern Outdoor Pursuits
Aboriginal Student Services
Services for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students can be found throughout Yukon College.
In the Student Services Centre there are two staff members available specifically for Aboriginal students.
Samay Thìa - Harry Allen Lounge
The Samay Thìa First Nation Lounge is a place of support for all students. The lounge offers a comfortable environment for many purposes: visits with Elders, studying, watching videos, cultural activities, lunches, meetings and socializing. A microwave oven, fridge and coffee machine are available for lunches or snacks.
Are you an Aboriginal student and you’re wondering what we have to make you feel at home? Or are you a non-Aboriginal student and you’re wondering how you can learn more about the various First Nations’ cultures of the Yukon? We have great options for you, including:
- traditional First Nation lunches
- snowshoeing taught by Elder, Randall Tetlichi
- Aboriginal drumming and singing
- traditional beading
- a First Nation Lounge – the “Samay Thia” Harry Allen Centre
Can we help you? Call the Student Services Office for advising at 867 668-8720 or toll free at 1-800-661-0504.