Celebrating the launch of Yukon University
Canada’s newest university is north of 60°, with Yukon University’s recent announcement. Yukon University is the culmination of years of hard work and extensive consultations with Yukoners by Yukon College.
The presence of an accredited university in the North is an important step for one of ArcticNet’s key principles, the necessity for northern research to be led by northerners. YukonU’s president and vice chancellor, Dr. Karen Barnes, described the institution’s journey since 1963 as one of “constant evolution,” with a promise to offer an “accessible pathway for every learner, and to contribute to a strong, resilient north.”
Peter Johnston, Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations, spoke about the importance of access to university education for Yukon First Nations, who have represented a significant percentage of the student population at the college and have contributed to the institution’s direction. “As Yukon University, higher learning will expand its scope on northern and First Nations issues and provide our people with more opportunities to contribute their governments, their communities and society as a whole.”
ArcticNet and Yukon U are working closely on several fronts, recently focusing on the launch of the North by North Program with research leader positions at Yukon U. Christine Barnard, Executive Director of ArcticNet, described the launch of YukonU as “highly exciting, and a positive development in the northern research landscape. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at YukonU, and send our heartfelt congratulations on this big news.”
While the in-person celebration is delayed due to the global pandemic, YukonU has launched their new website and branding and looks forward to a full celebration when gatherings are possible again.
Visit YukonU’s website to learn about opportunities to study, and watch for updates on collaborations between ArcticNet and YukonU coming soon!