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Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon is made up of the traditional territory of 14 First Nations. Each First Nation possesses both shared and individual heritage and culture, languages, and systems of governance. Whether you belong to a Yukon First Nation or not, the history of the Yukon, and the current day of Yukon First Nations, including the implementation of the land claims and self-government agreements, affect us all. Whatever your career or line of work, you can expect to interact with Yukon First Nation people or governments at some point.

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.

To work towards this goal, Yukon College is requiring that all students achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations. As of April 2015, 93% of perm/term College employees have achieved this core competency.

What is Yukon First Nations core competency?
At Yukon College, Yukon First Nations core competency means possessing a broad understanding of six key aspects of Yukon First Nations: history, heritage and culture, governance, residential schools, contemporary topics and world views.

Who does this affect?
This requirement will affect two groups of students:

• Diploma or degree students who expect to graduate in 2016 (i.e., those who are beginning diploma programs in 2014 or are currently enrolled in degree programs); and

• Certificate students who expect to graduate in 2016 (i.e., those who are beginning certificate and trades pre-employment and trades programs in 2015).

If you are a student beginning a one-year certificate or trades pre-employment/trades program in 2014 you are not affected.

What does this mean for me?
Most programs at Yukon College already have one of these learning outcomes embedded. This means there is unlikely to be any change in your course plan. For some programs, meeting the requirement will mean that students will need to take a particular elective. For programs that do not currently meet the requirement, students can obtain the core competency at no additional cost by taking a one-day YFN101 class, OR by completing an online course, OR by successfully completing an online exam.

Where can I find more information?
On this webpage you will find a list of programs and courses that meet or exceed the core competency requirement and those which require an elective, or successful completion of the online course or challenge exam.

Login to the Yukon First Nation 101-Online Workshop or the Yukon First Nations 101-Challenge Exam.

For specific information about your particular course requirements please speak with your faculty advisor.

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