Heritage and Culture

Learn from the past to inform the future.

An effective heritage department can be a tremendous asset to an Indigenous government. Become a member of these teams, and help root the entire government in its past so it can use that knowledge to inform its future.

Program Description

Combining theory and practice, the Heritage and Culture certificate (HCC) prepares students for work in the heritage and culture management field, with a specific focus on Yukon First Nations heritage and culture management.

Topics covered in the HCC include:

  • Yukon First Nations history
  • public administration
  • archives and collections management
  • preservation of traditional knowledge
  • language and culture
  • anthropology

Students develop a foundation of professional ethics and values, self-awareness and critical thinking, and an understanding of heritage issues within their communities.

The HCC is available to students in the communities through distance-learning technologies.

Admission Requirements
  • High School graduation with English 12; OR
  • Acceptance into a post-secondary program comparable to HCC; OR
  • Five years of manager-level work experience with four to five writing samples (eligibility assessment to be conducted by Liberal Arts faculty).

If students do not meet any of these admissions requirements, they should explore other entry options with the HCC Coordinator (867.668.8879).

Heritage and Culture Access Pathways

Students who do not meet HCC admissions requirements can also explore Heritage and Culture access pathways--packages of access-level coursework leading to the HCC program--with the Chair of Liberal Arts (867.668.8770).

Graduation Requirements

To graduate students must

  • complete all core courses (24 credits)
  • complete two open electives (6 credits)

In addition, Certificate students must

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)
  • complete at least 50% of the coursework at Yukon College

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LIBERAL ARTS/SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT AND OPEN ELECTIVES: Heritage and Culture certificate students may take up to 6 credits from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science (but excluding Continuing Education).

However, students must recognize that such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions and may result in a credit shortfall upon transfer. Students working towards a degree or college program at another institution or planning to continue post-secondary studies in the future should check their course selection with a Program Advisor.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College 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.


HCC courses are transferable to institutions affiliated with the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), although the transfer credit granted by BCCAT affiliates varies; the transferability of ANTH 144 is currently pending.

For transfer information on a specific Yukon College course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. Note: FNGA 100 is stored as EDP 100 in the BCCAT system.

For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money Matters


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.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College 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.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.