University College of the North

The University College of the North (UCN) is a post-secondary institution located in northern Manitoba, Canada. UCN has a student body of approximately 3500 annually, and a staff of 230. The current president of UCN is Dr. Denise Henning. She replaced Dr. Tony Bos who held the position from the University's founding through July 2006. The Chancellor for UCN is Ovide Mercredi, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Student Life

  • UCN is Canada’s newest Post-Secondary institution situated in the heart of the Boreal Forest in North America. It is an institution committed to providing students with education and training characterized by a culture of openness, inclusiveness, and respect of Aboriginal and Northern values.


University College of the North pledges to be "devoted to community and northern development and reflect the Aboriginal reality and cultural diversity of northern Manitoba".

The college holds that its students are "integral to the economic and social development of northern Manitoba, the province, and our nation."



  • It has two campuses, in The Pas and Thompson, with Thompson establishing a new campus and facility in the near future. As well, there are various regional centres and campuses, in Churchill, Cross Lake, Easterville, Flin Flon, Gillam (Bird/Fox Lake), Grand Rapids (Mistapawistik), Lac Brochet, Nelson House (Nisichawayasihk ), Norway House (Kinasao Sipi), Oxford House (Bunibonibee), Pukatawagan (Mathias Colomb), St. Theresa Point (Island Lake), Split Lake, and Swan River. Each year it grows to include more Northern and Aboriginal communities, with students coming from all over Northern Manitoba, expanding its diversity.


  • The University College of the North provides over 65 academic and vocational oriented degree, diploma, and certificate programs. The University College of the North offers upgrading, mature student, certificate, business, arts, and aboriginal studies degree and diploma programs with hands-on work experience, and customized educational services for individuals and employers.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal and Northern Studies focuses on the study of First Nations and northern peoples. The Bachelor of Nursing, offered in collaboration with the University of Manitoba is a community-based program in effective nursing and in the unique health care needs of northern communities.


The University College of the North provides services to Aboriginal people in more remote communities. The University College of the North designed special programs in partnership with Aboriginal communities to meet the human resource needs of Aboriginal communities in areas such as health, education and the environment, for example its Kanaci Otinawawasomwin Aboriginal Midwifery Degree. Aboriginal Elders are present on campus at University College of the North to provide social supports.


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