Meet Yukon College instructor, Amanda Graham, who has been following the northern university project for over 20 years.
Yukon College's degree announcement this past October is the most recent step in a long project to establish a university in Northern Canada. Since 1964, there have been more than a dozen attempts, some modest, others more far-reaching and consequential.
When considered together, one can see four distinct stages in the journey to a northern university today. The first coincides with several motivating forces, including government interest in northern resources, the oil crisis, the beginning of land claims, the Berger Inquiry, etc. The second stage begins when the territorial governments establish Yukon and Arctic colleges in the early 1980s. The third begins as the north connects to the circumpolar world. The fourth began on October 14, 2014.
In her presentation, Amanda will share some stories of the northern university project and offer some thoughts about the situation today.
When Dr. Amelie Janin lifts a shovelful of mud out of a creek at Keno Hill, she knows it will be full of unusual bacteria that have a peculiar diet and a promising future. They eat heavy metal compounds, and they are the latest word in mine cleanup. Bacteria are cheap and they're sustainable – requiring little human support for up to 100 years. The challenge is to adapt these biological technologies to cold temperatures and that's what she's working on. Join her as she explores the environmental and economic benefits of biologically-based technology and its future development in Yukon.