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First Nations Governance and Public Administration

School of Liberal Arts
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Program Description

The First Nations Governance and Public Administration (FNGPA) Initiative is a unique, cutting-edge, accredited, culturally relevant program transferable towards a diploma or degree at a number of academic institutions. It provides practical, relevant academic tools to senior managers to effectively manage First Nation governments.

Designed to be accessible to working professionals and to allow an integration of education into work and family life, the 10 program courses are offered over three years through a combination of in-class and distance education. Long distance students have an option to participate via videoconferencing technology or to travel to the host community. As well, all students have access to academic and writing support as required.

Course delivery is varied and may include a combination of lectures, seminars, group discussions, presentations and guest speakers.

The FNGPA Initiative builds upon the Executive Development Pilot program certificate, which is a partnership between Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Yukon College and Yukon government. The program was created to bridge the gap between existing educational programs and the needs of self-governing First Nations in Yukon.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12; OR
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on College Assessments or the GED® test; OR
  • Acceptance into a related post-secondary program at a comparable level of the FNGPA; OR
  • Five years of manager-level work experience with four to five pieces of sample writing for eligibility assessment to be conducted by Liberal Arts faculty member

Building upon the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations pilot, we offer a community-based course offering to all Yukon First Nations citizens and government employees. The certificate program is also now open to all interested and qualified students.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations. For details, please see www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/yfnccr.


FNGPA courses are transferable at a number of Canadian academic institutions. Please contact the coordinator for further information on specific course transfers.


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

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The First Nations Governance and Public Administration certificate program values and respects self-governing First Nations’ journey towards self-determination.