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CITY OF YELLOWKNIFE ADVOCATES FOR A CLEAR POST-SECONDARY VISION AND NEXT STEPS IN ADVANCING A POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY IN THE NWT

Posted on Friday November 02, 2018

Following the release of the GNWT’s response to the Findings and Recommendations of the Aurora College Foundational Review, the City of Yellowknife is looking forward to the future of post-secondary education in the capital city.

It has been the City’s position that Yellowknife is an optimal headquarters location, in part given the size of the City's population, our amenities, housing, part-time employment and recreational opportunities, as well as interest from southern and international students to study in a major diverse Northern city centre. At the same time, the City agrees that Fort Smith’s and Inuvik’s community campus locations are well positioned to focus on specialized programming and their continued role is important to move ahead successfully.

“While the GNWT’s response doesn’t declare a location for a university headquarters, the City has a clear vision to support NWT students to a new level of academic achievement here at home,” says Councillor Julian Morse, Chair of the University/Post-Secondary Advisory Committee (UPAC). “Ultimately, a vision for post-secondary education in the NWT, as well as a fresh and innovative Northern approach is needed to support current and future students in developing the skills they need to meet labour market demands. This should also support Yellowknife and the NWT to become a destination institution that offers unique, made-in-the-north programming and research opportunities.”

We are committed to working with other levels of government, educational institutions and local partners to ensure a successful student experience here in Yellowknife – for students from Yellowknife, the NWT and beyond. There are a range of potential strategies and actions that the City can take to support an enjoyable, affordable and positive student experience. The City’s University Feasibility Study is being finalized and will be released shortly.

Diversification of the economy is a key goal of the current City Council, one shared with GNWT and Canada, and the City of Yellowknife will continue to work proactively with developers and other partners to create affordable student housing as student population increases, as well as with the community to identify and establish student supports (e.g., daycare, mental health supports, apprenticeships, part time employment and social opportunities).

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For more information:
Kerry Penney
Director, Policy, Communications and Economic Development
City of Yellowknife
communications@yellowknife.ca