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.

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.

Whatever your career or line of work, you can expect to interact with Yukon First Nation people or governments at some point.

Programs that meet the Yukon First Nations core competency

School of Liberal Arts

  • Circumpolar Studies Degree
  • Heritage and Culture Certificate
  • Northern First Nations Studies Diploma
  • Northern Justice and Criminology Diploma
  • Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies Diploma
  • Northern Studies Diploma
  • General Studies Certificate
  • Liberal Arts Certificate
  • Liberal Arts Diploma
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Diploma

School of Science

  • Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences Degree
  • Northern Science (ENCS stream) Diploma
  • Renewable Resource Management Diploma
  • Northern Science Diploma
    Science Certificate


School of Health Education and Human Services

  • YNTEP Degree
  • Education Assistant Certificate
  • Social Work degree
  • Early Learning and Child Care Certificate
  • Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

School of Management, Tourism and Hospitality

  • First Nations Governance and Public Administration Certificate
  • Programs that require an elective

School of Academic and Skill Development

  • College Access Pathways certificate (HIST 040)
  • Science Certificate

Programs that require a workshop, online course, or challenge exam


School of Liberal Arts

  • Multi-Media Communication
  • Skills for Employment Certificate
  • Visual Arts

School of Health Education and Human Services

  • Health Care Assistant Certificate
  • Practical Nurse Diploma

School of Management, Tourism and Hospitality

  • Business Administration Certificate
  • Business Administration Diploma
  • Computer Support Technician Certificate
  • Culinary Arts Certificate
  • Food and Beverage Certificate
  • Office Administration Certificate
  • Restaurant Operations Diploma
  • Public Administration Degree

Centre for Northern Innovation and Mining

  • Carpentry Pre-Employment Certificate
  • Electrical Pre-Employment Certificate
  • Heavy Equipment Tech Certificate
  • Oil Burner Mechanic Certificate
  • Welding Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Geo-Tech Certificate
  • Geo-Tech Diploma

If your program is not included above then you are not required to complete the core competency in order to graduate.
Note that only degree, diploma, and certificate courses have this requirement.

Courses that meet the Yukon First Nations Core Competency

By selecting one of these courses as an elective you will meet the competency.

ANTH 140 Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology
ANTH 220 People and Cultures of the Subarctic
CRIM 219 Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice
ELCC 100 Cultural Competencies in Early Learning and Child Care
FNST 100 Introduction to First Nations Studies
FNST 140 Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
HIST 140/040 History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government
HIST 220 History of the Canadian North
NOST 202 Social History of the North
NS 200 Science Course that cross references with HIST 140
SOCI 104 Social Problems
WGST 202 Women in Indigenous Societies