Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance

Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Governance_

Leaders of tomorrow are made today.

Founded in partnership with Yukon First Nations, Yukon College's Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance offers students the skills, experience and knowledge to affect real change in self-determination and governance in the North and beyond. 

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance aims to build northern leadership capacity by providing students with the values, knowledge and skills to work collaboratively within the unique governance landscape of the North.

The program focuses on northern issues, and western and Indigenous worldviews. Using an Indigenous lens, students will analyze the evolution of Indigenous self-determination and self-government in Canada and internationally, with a focus on current and past legislation and policy.

A capstone project will focus on the task of integrating theoretical knowledge of policy, governance and self-determination with practical methods in an applied and northern context.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance, students must hold:

  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12 and Math 11 (Applications, Principles, Foundations, Pre-Calculus) strongly recommended; OR
  • Acceptance into a related post-secondary program at a comparable level to the Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Governance) degree; OR
  • Five years of manager-level work experience with four to five pieces of sample writing for eligibility assessment.
Distance Learning

Many of the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance  courses are available through Distance Learning using web-conferencing or online courses.  Students may participate in classes from home, any of our Yukon College campuses, or other off-campus locations.

Learn more about the computer and internet Requirements for Distance Learning for the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance program.

Email the Yukon College E-learning Mentor to discuss Distance Learning expectations and support. 

Graduation Requirements

To receive a Yukon College Bachelor of Arts  in Indigenous Governance, a student must:

  • Pass all the required courses (90 credits) including FNGA 340: Indigenous Governance Capstone.
  • Complete 50% (45 credits) of the coursework through Yukon College (residency requirement) achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA upon graduation (C average).
  • Successfully fulfill the Yukon College First Nations core competency requirement.
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.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance will produce leaders in governments and communities qualified to participate in the northern governance landscape and/or pursue further study in the field.

All students will be equipped for management and leadership positions in Indigenous governments, municipal and territorial governments, as well as non-profit organizations operating in the context of Indigenous governance.

Students already holding these positions will refine their professional skills through academic research and practical applications.

Money Matters


Additional costs beyond Yukon College tuition are associated with this program of study. These costs include textbooks; materials, technology, and other non-instructional fees; and student union dues. The course outline for each individual class will contain detailed information regarding the costs specific to that course.

Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

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.


Title Campus Scheduled
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
FNGA 100 - Introduction to First Nations Governance and Public Administration Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
FNGA 101 - Governance & Land Claims
FNGA 103 - Accountability and Financial Management
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
POLI 101 - The Government of Canada Online/Video
FNGA 200 - Organizational and Community Wellness
FNGA 207 - Public Policy Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
FNGA 208 - Human Resource Management
FNGA 209 - Intergovernmental Relations
FNGA 240 - Indigenous Peoples and Research
PHIL 230 - Bridging Knowledges Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
POLI 230 - Indigenous Political Thought Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
FNGA 301 - Theory and Practice of Negotiation
FNGA 302 - Power and Influence
FNGA 304 - Community Economic Development
POLI 330 - Indigenous Politics in Canada
Capstone: 6 credits
Title Campus Scheduled
FNGA 340 - Indigenous Governance Capstone Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Lands and Resources: Junior
Title Campus Scheduled
RRMT 241 - Introduction to Land Management
RRMT 242 - First Nation Land Management
Lands and Resources: Senior
Title Campus Scheduled
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health
RRMT 236 - Land and Protected Area Management
RRMT 238 - Environmental Protection and Impact Assessment Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Preservation of Indigenous Culture
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 144 - Heritage and Culture Field School
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
LANG 140 - Language and Culture Preservation Online/Video
LANG 240 - Language Activism
Title Campus Scheduled
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 101L - Principles of Biology I Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II
BIOL 102L - Principles of Biology II Lab
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 110L - The Structure of Matter Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 111 - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics
CHEM 111L - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Lab
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 100L - Environmental Science I Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II
ENVS 101L - Environmental Science II Lab
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 101L - Introduction to Physicial Geography I Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography II
GEOG 102L - Physical Geography II Lab
GEOL 110 - Mineralogy/Petrology
GEOL 110L - Mineralogy/Petrology Lab
GEOL 111 - Structural Geology
GEOL 111L - Structural Geology Lab
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 101L - Elementary Physics I Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics II
PHYS 102L - Elementary Physics II Lab
Social Science: Junior
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 100 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 220 - People and Cultures of the Subarctic
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology
ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Online/Video
NOST 200 - Research in the North
POLI 201 - Introduction to Political Thought
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 103 - Canadian Society Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 104 - Social Problems Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 220 - Social Issues in the North
WGST 202 - Women in Indigenous Societies
Social Science: Senior
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 210 - Globalization and the Culture of Capitalism Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 312 - The Anthropology of the State - Past, Present, Future
CRIM 210 - Law, Youth and Young Offenders
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice
CRIM 230 - Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 241 - Intro to Corrections
CRIM 251 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
NOST 324 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World I
NOST 325 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World II
NOST 326 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar North I Online/Video
NOST 327 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar World II
NOST 328 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North I Online/Video
NOST 329 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North II
PSYC 201 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 205 - Child Development
SOCI 203 - Sociology of the Family Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 200 - Women and Social Change
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities I
WGST 241 - The Study of Men and Masculinities II
Title Campus Scheduled
ABTO 203 - Business Communication
COMM 192 - Business Communications
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 140 - First Nations Fiction