Yukon College’s mandate is “solving northern problems with northern expertise.” Within Whitehorse, the main Ayamdigut campus overlooks the river valley and mountains to the east. It has another community campus at the correctional centre and another 11 outside the capital, which offer more than 50 certificate, diploma and degree programs. Yukon College aims to integrate First Nations culture into its programming; last year, 29 per cent of 1,200 students in the credit programs were First Nations.
Its First Nations Initiatives department, a branch of the president’s office, integrates Indigenous culture within the operation and programming of the college, and includes courses like history of Yukon First Nations, social history of the North, and renewable resources management. The college, which holds numerous cultural events for First Nations students and employs an elder-in-residence, won the top award for excellence in Indigenous education in 2015 from Colleges and Institutes Canada.
Applied research at Yukon College centres around climate change, cold climate innovation, natural sciences, social science, and technology innovation. The Yukon Research Centre is equipped with a laboratory that features a growth chamber, walk-in freezer, and atomic absorption spectrometer, and works with other centres such as the Northern Institute of Social Justice and the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining.
Apartment-style residences for single students, mature students, and families are available at the Whitehorse campus. The research centre has its own residence for students pursuing applied research work.
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