Our Stories

UCN's students, faculty and staff have incredible stories to tell. You'll find some of them here.

UCN Launches Heavy Equipment Training Program in Support of Northern Industry and Communities

By UCN | November 6, 2023

Thompson, MB – In an effort to bolster the mining industry and support the growth of northern Manitoba, the University College of the North (UCN) has announced the launch of a Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate Program. Scheduled to run from March 25th to May 3rd, 2024, in Thompson, Manitoba, this program addresses the increasing demand…

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Sydney Bjorndalen – Kenanow Education

By UCN | June 16, 2023

Where are you from?I’m from Gillam, MB and attended the Thompson campus. Why did you choose UCN?My home is in the north, and I wanted to get educated in the north. What program did you study and why?I studied the Kenanow Bachelor of Education program. I chose this program because I thought it wouldbe a…

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Jack Werstroh – Automotive Technician

By UCN | June 13, 2023

Where are you from?I grew up here in The Pas Why UCN?I just got out of high school and UCN is so close to home. That’s a big part of it. What program did you study and why did you pursue that?I came for the automotive technician program, I’ve always had an interest in vehicles…

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Bridging the Digital Divide: UCN Students Help Launch Computers for Schools Initiative in The Pas

By UCN | April 24, 2023

Lakota Blackbird was expected to get her hands dirty on day one. “Actually, it was my first day and they had me tear apart a computer, like my very first day, without reading anything,” she said. “I was like, should I be doing this?” Lakota is a student in University College of the North’s Information…


Ready for Technology

By UCN | February 25, 2022

Survival in Manitoba’s north country takes experience, know-how, and perseverance. These are all qualities University College of the North student Charmaine Sayese used to succeed in a program using motherboards, satellites, and software. Charmaine was raised and lives in the Opaskwayak Cree Nation community of Big Eddy. She remembers the first time she used a…


A History of Achievement

By UCN | February 25, 2022

Amy Jackson always understood how education creates opportunity. For a decade, she juggled working in provincial and federal politics and completing part time courses at the University College of the North (UCN). When she transitioned from the political arena to full time student, her focus was clear. “History is a passion of mine and I…

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Navigating a Clear Path

By UCN | February 25, 2022

(Wabowden, MB) Desiree Mallett understands the value of learning. The 39 year-old mother of three is a life-long resident of the northern town of Wabowden, where the population hovers near the 400 mark. She’s already finished studies in programs including Mineral Processing and Business Administration.“I wanted something to help out in the long run such…

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From Classroom to Educator

By UCN | February 10, 2022

Brie Phillips is a teacher who is able to weave education, writing and art together for Indigenous students and educators alike.  A Metis woman, Brie grew up in Creighton, SK and always enjoyed spending time with children. She knew her future career would involve kids somehow, but it was her experience in a mentor program…

Muses From The North


Muses from the North is an on-line journal for students of the University College of the North.

We publish biannually from UCN campuses in The Pas and Thompson, located in Treaty No. 5 territory. As a UCN students’ journal, MFTN provides a platform for our students to express their musings about our amazing northern tradition and culture in texts, words, images and pictures.  Our northern muses are not only from The Pas and Thompson, but also from a network of 12 regional centres, from Swan River to Churchill. Like the dwellers in the north, MFTN favors Northern tradition, culture and stories from our northern communities. Reach us through mftn@ucn.ca.

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Interdisciplinary, the quint (a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal) disseminates new knowledge in the areas of literature, history, the arts, popular culture, education, the social sciences, and aboriginal studies.

The journal also publishes interviews, artwork, creative writing, and reviews. All issues of the quint are archived in National Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa, Ontario).

News Releases

UCN Expands in Thompson with North Forge Partnership

July 27, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 27, 2022 University College of the North Expands in Thompson with North Forge Partnership (Thompson, MB) – The University College of the North (UCN) recently opened The North Forge North Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) in Thompson in partnership with North Forge and community partners.North Forge North Fab Lab is a fabrication…

UCN Information Technology Project Trains Indigenous Women for Technology Careers

May 16, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2022 (The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North’s (UCN) information technology (IT) project received additional funding from Future Skills Centre to continue operation through the 2022‐2023 academic year. Future Skills Centre is investing $1.09 million to expand and modify this project following an earlier investment of $996,300. The…

UCN announces new program to help applicants prepare for Diploma in Practical Nursing.

May 11, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2022 (Flin Flon/Swan River/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) is excited to announce a new program to help applicants get ready for the Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN) program.The program was created in response to Manitoba government’s multi-year investment of up to $4.3 million for additional nurse…

UCN Collaborates on Fish Stock Monitoring Program

May 9, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 9, 2022 (The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) will continue to administer the Collaborative Stock Monitoring Program (CSMP) in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, and Indigenous fishers in northern communities. CSMP is a unique training initiative and data collection partnership to achieve sustainable…

Near-Net-Zero Greenhouse Operating on UCN Campus

April 28, 2022

(The Pas, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) is operating a low (near‐net‐zero) energygreenhouse on The Pas campus. The construction of the greenhouse began in 2020 in partnership with the Composites InnovationsCentre (recently rebranded as CIC Engineering) with the primary purpose of strengthening foodsovereignty, community health, and student learning opportunities within northern communities.…

University College of the North Library Completes ‘Elder’s Traditional Knowledge’ Archive

April 26, 2022

(Thompson, MB) – The University College of the North (UCN) Wellington & Madeleine Spence Memorial Library at the Thompson campus completed a 16‐week long digitization project to create an online archive titled Elder’s Traditional Knowledge. The project in partnership with the Keewatin Tribal Council was made possible through the Libraries and Archives Canada’s funding Listen,…

University College of the North Announces New Governing Council Board Chair

March 10, 2022

(The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) today announced Becky Cianflone, previously a member of the Governing Council since 2018, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board. Effective immediately, Cianflone succeeds Cam Mateika, who recently retired after serving as Chair for the past 3 years. “I’m excited to continue…

UCN Keeps Vaccine and Masking Requirements in Place Until End of Current Term.

February 25, 2022

(The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North will continue vaccine and masking requirements for students, employees and visitors until the end of the Winter Term on Friday, April 22, 2022. UCN moved many courses online in response to the pandemic. The decision to keep current vaccine and mask requirements in place will avoid…

UCN Diploma in Practical Nursing Program One of the First to Receive National Accreditation

February 23, 2022

(Flin Flon/Swan River, MB) – Practical Nurse – Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing(CASN) Accreditation Bureau (PN‐CAB) granted the University College of the North (UCN)Diploma in Practical Nursing program accreditation. “CASN accreditation for our Practical Nursing program is fantastic news for UCN and the north,”said Vicki Zeran, UCN Dean of Health. “Although CASN has been…

UCN Partners with Riipen to Make Work-Integrated Learning More Accessible for Manitoba Students

February 23, 2022

(The Pas/Thompson, MB) ‐ University College of the North (UCN) has partnered with Riipen, the world’slargest online work‐integrated learning (WIL) marketplace. This partnership will bring accessible WILexperiences into the curriculum for Manitoba students. UCN was selected as one of 30 post‐secondaryinstitutions to receive funding from RBC Future Launch. “Riipen has enhanced accessibility by creating opportunities…