Our Research

Our Research

A Diverse Research Landscape

Research and scholarly activity at Yukon College takes many forms, and our faculty, staff and students are conducting cutting edge research in a variety of fields, each bringing unique perspectives and strengths to the table. We describe scholarly activity as an intentional, sustained process of creating, validating and transferring knowledge. Scholarly activity happens on the land, the water and in the sky, lab, field and all learning spaces; it reaches a relevant audience and engages community. Yukon College's unique focus on Yukon and northern research is what sets us apart. We are inspired by western science and Indigenous knowledge. Our research is grounded in strong partnerships, and we value sharing our research with all those who can benefit from the work we do. 

Yukon Research Centre

The Yukon Research Centre is located on Ayamdigut Campus in Whitehorse. Formally established in 2010, we have been conducting, implementing and sharing research on northern topics for over three decades. We partner with industry, communities, post-secondary institutions and all levels of government, including federal, territorial and First nations governments, to conduct applied research projects across Canada’s North.  

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Natural and Social Sciences

Natural  and Social Science research at YukonU is varied, from geology and geophysics to housing, biodiversity monitoring, water quality, and more.

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Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) aims to find ways to ensure that a larger share of the benefits of resource development in the Arctic stay in the region with fewer costs to northern communities.

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Indigenous Self-Determination Institute

Linking the past to the present, as we prepare for the future.

Our work with the College’s Yukon Research Centre addresses challenges faced by Indigenous governments and connects researchers to Indigenous communities, their problems and their policy interests.

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Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining

The Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining works closely with the YukonU Research Centre to address specific northern challenges and opportunities in the mining industry, and provides a critical link to industry allowing for comprehensive, applied research.

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University of the Arctic

Empowering northerners and northern communities through education and shared knowledge

Yukon College is proud to be a founding member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic).  As a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations, UArctic members share resources, facilities, and expertise to build and offer post-secondary education programs that are relevant and accessible to northern students.

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Featured Researcher

Yukon raised Nina Vogt, research assistant with Northern Climate Exchange at Yukon College has been awarded the W. Garfield Weston Award in Northern Research.

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation sponsors up to 15 scholarships, valued at $15,000 each, for students enrolled in a Master’s program in the natural sciences pursuing northern research. 


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