Yukon College to get new name

Yukon College will change its name to Yukon University once it officially becomes one, the territorial government announced on Wednesday.

Yukon College will change its name to Yukon University once it officially becomes one, the territorial government announced on Wednesday.

Last year, then-Education Minister Elaine Taylor announced the school would offer its first bachelor’s degree – in policy studies in indigenous governance – in 2017.

It will build on the First Nations governance and public administration certificate program currently offered at the college.

The degree was designed to help build capacity for First Nations governments in the Yukon, and grew from a partnership with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.

The new program is part of an effort to move Yukon College closer to being a university, a promise made by the Yukon Party leading up to the 2011 election. It remains unclear when this change would actually happen.

“Having a name for the future institution will help Yukon College staff with planning for and developing the next iteration of post-secondary education in the territory,” said Yukon College President Karen Barnes.

The college is currently preparing for a site visit from Universities Canada in 2016/17, with the hopes of becoming a member of the organization.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Council ponders freezing own wages

As it considers salaries for next term, some current members suggest not taking next CPI increase

Whitehorse driver gets one-month sentence, $1k fine for fatally hitting pedestrian in 2019

Karen Kennedy was sentenced before territorial court judge Michael Cozens Sept. 22

$500,000 deficit projected for Whitehorse

COVID-19 impacts cost the city $1.8 million

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Sept. 23, 2020

From Whitehorse to the Whitecaps

Joe Hanson is starting his second season with the Vancouver Whitecaps academy

Yukon NDP hold AGM

This year’s meeting was held virtually

Watson Lake man arrested on cocaine charge

Calvin Pembleton, 53, is facing multiple charges

Liard First Nation’s language department receives literacy award

Decades of work has made Kaska language available to many

Yukon government releases new guidelines for COVID-19 symptoms and sending children to school

The advice sorts symptoms into three categories: red, yellow and green

Nominations closed in Watson Lake byelection

Four candidates are running for mayor

Baggage screening changes begin

Passengers are asked to arrive earlier than normal in order to accommodate the new temporary system

Yukon Government extends education review

The final report is scheduled for release in March 2021

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Most Read