Northern First Nations Studies

First Nations moccassins

Learn about the history, cultures and accomplishments, as well as the social, political and national concerns of First Nations and other Indigenous peoples of Yukon, the Canadian North and the circumpolar world.


Program Description

Northern First Nations Studies is an interdisciplinary program in which students learn about the history, cultures and accomplishments, as well as the social, political and national concerns of First Nations and other Indigenous peoples of the Yukon, the Canadian North and the Circumpolar World.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12; OR
  • Mature student status with acceptable scores on College Assessments, the GED® test or the LPI test.

If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a program advisor.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must:

  • complete all core courses, including 2 Northern Studies core courses (6 credits)
  • complete 1 First Nations Studies (FNST) I elective (3 credits)
  • complete 2 FNST II electives (6 credits)
  • complete 2 FNST III electives (6 credits)
  • complete 2 lab-science electives (6 credits)
  • complete 1 social-science elective (3 credits)
  • complete 6 courses (18 credits) at the 200 level or above
  • complete 6 open electives (18 credits)
  • complete at least 50% of the work at Yukon College
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)

NOTE: Students may take up to six credits from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science; however, such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions.

NOTE: The six open electives specified above may be filled with courses in the FNST I, II and III electives categories, provided all other requirements are already met.

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, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.


For transfer information on a specific Yukon College course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.