UCN Announces Joint Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education programming in Bunibonibee, Mathias Colomb, Peguis, and York Factory

December 18, 2023

(The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) is pleased to announce that joint Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education programming will begin in 2024 in Bunibonibee, Mathias Colomb, Peguis, and York Factory.

These new program offerings are in addition to current joint Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education programs offered in Sandy Bay, Chemawawin, Tataskwayak, Sapotaweyak, and Pinaymootang, which enrol more than 100 students. Additionally, UCN offers its Bachelor of Education programming at its main campuses in Thompson and The Pas.

“UCN’s Kenanow Bachelor of Education Program is unique in Manitoba,” said Dr. Lynette Plett, Vice-President Academic and Research at UCN. “The Kenanow program approaches teacher education through land-based pedagogy, helping to develop teachers who can bring Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing into the classroom.”

UCN’s Kenanow Bachelor of Education program provides a northern-based and Indigenous-focused teacher education program that fully satisfies the teacher certification requirements as established by the Government of Manitoba. The program collaborates among students, Elders, university faculty, local educators and community members. UCN has been offering teacher education for more than 15 years, and during that time has focused on delivering the programming in communities throughout the north.

“With increasing retirement rates among teachers in the north, a community-based, Indigenous-focused teacher education program is more important than ever,” said Doug Lauvstad, UCN’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “UCN is responding to this important need by working in partnership with First Nation education authorities and sponsors to offer more programming in more communities than we ever have.”

For more information about the teacher education program at UCN, please contact Gina Guiboche, Dean, Kenanow Faculty of Education at gguiboche@ucn.ca.

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.


CONTACT: Gina Guiboche
Dean, UCN Kenanow Faculty of Education

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