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​We are very pleased to announce to the entire UCN community that the first issue of the students’ online journal Muses from the North (MFTN) has been published. The journal is part of a UCN seed-funded project which studies the impact of publication on the general successes of our students. The journal can be accessed through the following link:
We hope that members of the UCN community join in encouraging our students by savouring the exotic and scintillating offerings in the journal. Our students have told their stories and displayed their works of art like true northerners. UCN is now in the class of universities with a platform for students to showcase their literary talents.
Thanks to everyone for all the support that we received towards making this dream a reality. We have included a detailed list of acknowledgments in the Words-from-the-Editors section of the MFTN webpage.
Best wishes for the season.
Dr. Joseph Atoyebi & Dr. Ying Kong

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​This December the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north is celebrating its tenth anniversary at UCN. MLA-indexed and peer-reviewed, the quint is a scholarly journal that features scholarly articles and creative works by writers from Manitoba, Canada, and abroad. An important meeting point for Northern Manitoba and the world, the quint is available online and archived in Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa, Ontario).

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​University College of the North is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice® from the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). This credential recognizes that UCN follows ethical and humane principles in all teaching or research activities that involve the use of live animals.

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​Networking between employers and students at University College of the North (UCN) took on an entirely new look on November 8, 2017. UCN hosted an Industry Engagement Night on its campus in The Pas, Manitoba last evening. More than 160 people registered and it was clear all were ready to begin a dialogue.

The social networking event, in conjunction with November being Career and Workforce Development month, allowed the entire UCN community to connect with employers and industry.

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​University College of the North (UCN) is pleased to announce the reappointment of another of it’s employees to a National Board. Ms. Terralyn McKee, a Learning Technologies Specialist at UCN, has been reappointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Canada (CNIE). Just last week UCN announced the reappointment of Ms. Krystle Robinson as the Manitoba/Nunavut representative to the Canadian Association of Cooperative Education.

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​University College of the North (UCN) is proud to announce that at the Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction ceremony in Winnipeg on Thursday November 2nd 2017, UCN’s own Mike Williamson was awarded the Apprenticeship Instructor of the Year. Mike, an Industrial Mechanic instructor at UCN for the past 10 years, was nominated by Lyle Laybolt, one of Mike’s students.

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​University College of the North (UCN) is pleased to announce that Krystle Robinson, Cooperative Education Coordinator in the Research & Innovation Department, has been re-appointed as the Manitoba/Nunavut Representative to the National Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Cooperative Education (CAFCE) for the 2017-2018 year. Having served as the region’s liaison with CAFCE via its Board of Directors since 2016, Ms. Robinson will continue to provide feedback to the region on CAFCE’s initiatives, to report on regional activities and issues to CAFCE, as well to gather and share information from each of the Co-operative Programs in the region.

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​University College of the North (UCN) is pleased to announce that 100% of the UCN Nursing students in The Pas who wrote the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) this past quarter have successfully passed the exam on their first attempt. The NCLEX exam is written upon the completion of a nursing education program and is the Canadian and American standard for entrance into the Nursing profession as a Registered Nurse.

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​University College of the North (UCN) is pleased to announce that Nick Kosmenko, a graduate of UCN’s Natural Resource Management Technology (NRMT) program, is a recipient of Canada’s Vanier Scholarship.

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​On July 14, 2017, 9 students from 3 northern communities graduated from the Prospector Training program at the University College of the North’s (UCN) Northern Manitoba Mining Academy (NMMA) in Flin Flon.

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​What can I expect with the FABS Online Writing Support at UCN?

Our goal is to help you become a better thinker and writer. Tutoring helps you understand how to strengthen your writing now and in the future.

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​University College of the North (UCN) will continue its Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN) program in Swan River on an ongoing basis, UCN President & Vice-Chancellor, Doug Lauvstad announced.

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​Earlier this summer Canada’s Governor General, David Johnston, and the National Executive Committee conducted a nationwide conference on leadership that consisted on 250 Canadians from coast to coast to coast. One of those was Mrs. Jaqueline Fitzpatrick from Thompson, MB.

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University College of the North (UCN) will be well represented later this month at an international research event in Brazil.  Dr. Sue Matheson, an Associate Professor with UCN’s Faculty of Arts, Business and Science, will be a keynote speaker at the II Seminário Delectare et Docere, Movere: enargeia-evidentia.  The event will be held at the Convention Center of the Caraça Sanctuary Complex, in the city of Santa Barbara/MG, 22 to 25 August 2017.
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On May 31 to June 3, 2017, over 500 competitors representing their home provinces converged on Winnipeg for the National Skills Competition. For UCN, we were proud to have one of our own, Joel Highway, representing Manitoba. Joel won the gold in Electrical Installations at the provincial level and, as such, represented Manitoba at the national contest. With tough competition, Joel held his own and represented Manitoba, northern Manitoba, and UCN well.

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​University College of the North (UCN) has a new leader.  After an extensive search, UCN’s new President and Vice Chancellor comes from the northern Manitoba institutions' own back yard.

Mr. Tom Goodman, UCN’s Governing Council Chair, announced this morning that Mr. Doug Lauvstad will take over the senior leadership role effective August 1, 2017.

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​Many young people like to write stories, sometimes sharing them with friends or family members or maybe just keeping them for themselves. Now a research study by Dr. Ying Kong and Dr. Joseph Atoyebi of UCN’s Faculty of Arts, Business & Science will look at the kinds of impacts publication of those stories might have on a student writer’s life and career path.

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Students enrolled in UCN’s Community Economic Development program in Pukatawagan, MB at the Mathias Colomb Regional Centre have written AND published a number of books.

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​Each year University College of the North (UCN) conducts a competition among its students to write a book review. Students who decide to enter must choose an academic book of not less than 150 pages and must be selected from within the collection from any UCN Library.

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​Valdine Flaming, Executive Officer for Strategic Planning and Development, has been awarded the prestigious Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship.

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​University College of the North (UCN) is creating new educational pathways by offering students with certificates or diplomas from public Canadian colleges the ability to transfer those credits directly into an Arts degree offered by UCN. Under this arrangement, students with a 3.0 grade point average in their college program are eligible to transfer up 15 credits for a certificate, 30 credits for a 2-year diploma, and 45 credits for a 3-year diploma into any of UCN’s 3-year and 4-year Arts degree options.

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​On April 13, 2017, two UCN trades students, Joel Highway and Riley Manych, attended the Manitoba Skills Competition in Winnipeg. Riley, competing in the Welding Competition, narrowly missed the bronze medal as he placed fourth. Joel, competing in the Electrical Installations Competition, was the gold medalist. As such, Joel will now represent Manitoba as he advances to the National Skills Competition to be held in Winnipeg on May 31 to June 3, 2017. This competition, hosted at the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg (, will involve more than 40 events with over 500 competitors.

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​During the week of Feb. 20 to 24, 2017, Rob Penner, Associate Vice-President of the College of Trades and Technology and Executive Director of the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy, was invited to facilitate a curriculum development project at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC. Funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the project entailed working with a group of restoration and land reclamation practitioners to develop a community-based hands-on program entitled Healing the Land: Community Based Training in Land Reclamation. Targeting sites degraded by industrial activity, initial delivery of the program will focus on the landscape impacted by oil and gas development in the Peace River Country of BC, and will initially involve two First Nations, West Moberly and Saulteau, in the Peace Country.

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​University College of the North (UCN) is pleased to announce the renewal of its Massive Open On-Line Course (MOOC) for a second year. The first of its kind course was launched last year with great success. The program delves into the world of Hollywood Westerns and is instructed by an expert in that field, UCN’s Arts Professor, Dr. Sue Matheson.

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University College of the North (UCN) hosted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony today in The Pas between the institution and Child and Family Services Authorities that will allow youth who are in the care of these authorities the opportunity to receive a post-secondary education.

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​February 9, 2017 saw students in both the high-school level and post-secondary enrolled in a variety of Trades programs gather at The Pas campus of University College of the North (UCN) and go head to head on a competition of skills. The challenge brought in students from Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage, RD Parker Collegiate in Thompson, Margaret Barbour Collegiate in the Pas as well as from the UCN campus in The Pas.

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​University College of the North (UCN) is reorienting its approach to the delivery of trades training. Beginning in April 2017, the current Faculty of Trades and Technology will be renamed the “College of Trades and Technology” (CTT). Mirroring the successful model used with the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy, UCN will appoint a strategic council for CTT composed of industry and community members to help guide programming to be offered through the new college.

“The best people to help UCN meet labour force needs in the north are those who work in industries and live in communities in the north,” said Rob Penner, the UCN executive who will be responsible for CTT. “The new college model will help to ensure that industry and communities are directly involved in aligning UCN’s trades training activities with social and economic needs in the north,” Penner said.

The college will incorporate programming currently offered by UCN’s Faculty of Trades and Technology, and will also work closely with UCN’s Community Based Services division and other faculties and departments to help ensure that a flexible array of base funded and cost-recovery course and program opportunities will be offered to address the diverse labour market needs in the north.

The appointment of a strategic council will help to improve connections between UCN and the northern economy, and with elimination of one dean’s position, the new administrative structure will allow for greater efficiency in the use of resources at UCN. “The CTT structure allows us to consolidate our management organization supporting trades training at UCN,” Vice-President Academic and Research Dan Smith said, “helping to ensure that training resources are focused on the delivery of programming to students, and not on administration.” 

Konrad Jonasson, President and Vice-Chancellor of UCN noted that “the college will serve as the organizational centerpiece to UCN’s new vision for trades training. Through working directly with industry and community representatives, UCN will effectively and efficiently support the northern economy by providing skilled tradespeople to contribute to economic and social development in the north through working side-by-side with industry and community partners to guide program delivery.” 

With a mandate to serve northern and Aboriginal Manitobans, UCN has main campuses in The Pas and Thompson, and operates 12 regional centres in communities throughout the north. UCN enrolls approximately 2,400 students per year in a range of adult learning, certificate, diploma and undergraduate degree programs.

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​The Treaty Three Police Service and the RCMP hope to recruit students in UCN’s Law Enforcement Certificate program when they graduate later this year. Treaty Three Staff Sergeant Terry McCaffrey from Kenora, Ontario will meet students on January 25th, 2017 at 10 a.m. to present policing opportunities that Treaty Three Police Services has to offer our grads. As well, RCMP Constable Crystal Caribou will be at UCN April 6, 2017 at 3 p.m. to showcase UCN students career opportunities with the RCMP.

“It is very satisfying to have police services in Manitoba and elsewhere showing such enthusiasm about recruiting our graduates. This demonstrates the quality of UCN’s Law Enforcement program; the dedication of the instructors, Ms M.J. Donald and Mr. Chris Pallan, and the readiness of our graduates to serve in the law enforcement profession,” said Dr. Vicki Zeran, the Dean responsible for the program at UCN.

“UCN’s programs are well connected with job opportunities here in the north and elsewhere in Canada,” said Konrad Jonasson, President and Vice-Chancellor at UCN. “I am very pleased to see that law enforcement agencies recognize the quality of UCN graduates.”

If you or someone you know is interested in a career in Law Enforcement, or want to hear more about opportunities in policing, you are invited to attend either of the presentations, to be held in Room 248 at UCN at the campus in The Pas. 

With a mandate to serve northern and Aboriginal Manitobans, UCN has main campuses in The Pas and Thompson, and operates 12 regional centres in communities throughout the north. UCN enrolls approximately 2,400 students per year in a range of adult learning, certificate, diploma and undergraduate degree programs.

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UCN has contributed $20,000 to support the continued efforts of the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint. The Blueprint is a partnership agreement initiated by and including Manitoba’s public and private post-secondary institutions, public and private schools, the Louis Riel Institute, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, and includes participation by Manitoba Education and Training. The funding provided by UCN will ensure the continued engagement of a consultant working with partners to support the development of an action plan and a sustainability plan for the work associated with the Blueprint. 

“Manitoba’s Indigenous Education Blueprint is the first time that the entire education system in Manitoba has worked collaboratively on any priority, demonstrating a very strong commitment by the system to indigenous education” said Dan Smith, Vice-President Academic and Research, and a UCN representative on the Blueprint Steering Committee. “UCN’s educational mandate to serve Aboriginal people means that UCN has a significant interest in realizing the commitments in the Blueprint. It is an important part of responding to our communities,” he continued. 

The Manitoba Indigenous Education Blueprint, signed in December 2015, establishes 10 commitments by the participants to help support reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Manitoba. The Blueprint seeks to build and maintain relationships and partnerships that will help to establish a strong foundation of mutual respect and appreciation for the diversity of all cultures, and recognize and redress the impacts of colonization. 

“Universities and colleges have a critical role to play in reconciliation,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Konrad Jonasson. “UCN is proud to play a leadership role in ensuring that the critical work of the Blueprint will continue.” The funding provided in 2016/17 follows funding in the amount of $24,880 that UCN provided to support the Blueprint in 2015/16. UCN will continue to work with its partners to achieve the commitments in the Blueprint. With a mandate to serve northern and Aboriginal Manitobans, UCN has main campuses in The Pas and Thompson, and operates 12 regional centres in communities throughout the north. UCN enrolls approximately 2,400 students per year in adult learning, certificate, diploma and undergraduate degree programs. ​

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​The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) has advised University College of the North that all graduates of the June 2016 Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN) program in Swan River have successfully passed this national exam. This is the third cohort of graduates to achieve 100% success.

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