Northern First Nations Studies

First Nations moccassins

Learn about the history, cultures and accomplishments, as well as the social, political and national concerns of First Nations and other Indigenous peoples of Yukon, the Canadian North and the circumpolar world.

 

Program Description

Northern First Nations Studies is an interdisciplinary program in which students learn about the history, cultures and accomplishments, as well as the social, political and national concerns of First Nations and other Indigenous peoples of the Yukon, the Canadian North and the Circumpolar World.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12; OR
  • Mature student status with acceptable scores on College Assessments, the GED® test or the LPI test.

If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a program advisor.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must:

  • complete all core courses, including 2 Northern Studies core courses (6 credits)
  • complete 1 First Nations Studies (FNST) I elective (3 credits)
  • complete 2 FNST II electives (6 credits)
  • complete 2 FNST III electives (6 credits)
  • complete 2 lab-science electives (6 credits)
  • complete 1 social-science elective (3 credits)
  • complete 6 courses (18 credits) at the 200 level or above
  • complete 6 open electives (18 credits)
  • complete at least 50% of the work at Yukon College
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)

NOTE: Students may take up to six credits from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science; however, such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions.

NOTE: The six open electives specified above may be filled with courses in the FNST I, II and III electives categories, provided all other requirements are already met.

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.

Transferability

For transfer information on a specific Yukon College course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money Matters

Fees

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.

Courses

Open Electives. List is not exhaustive; consult a program advisor for more options.
Title Delivery Campus Outcome
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ANTH 144 - Heritage and Culture Field School
Cr
ANTH 210 - Globalization and the Culture of Capitalism Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ANTH 225 - Field Methods in Subarctic Ethnography and Archaeology
Cr
ANTH 226 - Analytical Methods in Archaeology and Ethnography
Cr
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
Cr
CHEM 111 - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Crime and Deviance Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance
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CRIM 241 - Intro to Corrections
Cr
ENGL 203 - Introduction to the Novel Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENGL 204 - Introduction to Science Fiction
Cr
ENGL 205 - Literary Representations of the Natural World
Cr
ENGL 206 - Introduction to the Short Story
Cr
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
HIST 120 - European History I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
HIST 121 - European History II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
Cr
Title Delivery Campus Outcome
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Not Online, Unscheduled Online, Scheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
Cr
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
NOST 200 - Research in the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
NOST 201 - Natural History of the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
NOST 202 - Social History of the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
First Nations Studies II Electives: 2 required, 6 credits
Title Delivery Campus Outcome
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ATHA 101 - Introduction to Native Languages I
Cr
ATHA 102 - Introduction to Native Languages II
Cr
ENGL 230 - A Survey of First Nations Literature in English
Cr
ENVS 200 - Environmental Perspectives Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENVS 201 - Environmental Ethics
Cr
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
Cr
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Not Online, Online, Unscheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
Cr
LANG 140 - Language and Culture Preservation Unscheduled Online Online/Video
Cr
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Unscheduled Online, Scheduled Online Online/Video
Cr
First Nations Studies III Electives: 2 required, 6 credits
Title Delivery Campus Outcome
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENGL 230 - A Survey of First Nations Literature in English
Cr
ENVS 223 - Principles and Practices of Heritage Interpretation
Cr
NOST 324 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World I Unscheduled Online Online/Video
Cr
NOST 325 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World II
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NOST 328 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North I
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NOST 329 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North II
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First Nations Studies I Electives: 1 required, 3 credits
Title Delivery Campus Outcome
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Unscheduled Online, Not Online, Online Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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