Indigenous Leadership & Engagement in the Yukon

The ucalgarycares Indigenous Leadership and Engagement program is a collaborative community engagement program meant to engage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

Indigenous Leadership and Engagement in the Yukon

Want to learn more about Indigenous history and cultures? ucalgarycares Indigenous Leadership and Engagement in the Yukon is one of our most popular co-curricular programs. Consisting of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, the group travels to the subarctic in late June to work with the Kluane and Teslin Tlingit First Nations communities. Examples of past community engaged learning activities with these First Nations communities include working in gardens, painting buildings and building a gazebo. The group also has visited museums, taken part in cultural activities and has gone on nature walks.


Where: Kluane National Park and Reserve, the Teslin Tlingit First Nation
When: June 23 - July 4, 2021 (tentative)

Prior to June, the participants attend five workshops and complete  Ótáp ímisskaan Training. Participating in this program is a great way to develop leadership skills, earn Co-Curricular record credit, make friends, have fun and create positive change.

One of the highlights of this program is staying in Kluane National Park and first nations community for eight nights. Forming part of the largest environmentally protected area in the world, it is the only national park in Canada that is co-managed with local Indigenous communities. Comparing it to other Canadian national parks, it has 17 of the 20 highest mountains, the largest ice fields and the most genetically diverse grizzly bear population.

More information

Program fee: TBA

(Bursaries available)

Co-Curricular Record: Yes

Ótáp ímisskaan Training

Applications open Winter 2021

*Cost includes flight, accommodation, ground transportation, meals, resource materials and t-shirt. Students with financial need are encouraged to contact to learn more about bursaries and other funding opportunities. Bursaries are also available for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students with thanks from SU Quality Money. 

Additional Considerations

Kluane National Park and first nations community is approximately three hours northwest of Whitehorse, along the Alaskan Highway. The remoteness of the location means that participants will not have access to regular amenities. Furthermore, the location is heavily populated with wildlife, including bears.