University College of the North

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University College of the North
Former names
Keewatin Community College (1966-2004)
TypeUniversity college
EstablishedJuly 1, 2004 as University College of the North
1966 (as Keewatin Community College)
ChancellorEdwin Jebb
PresidentDoug Lauvstad
Administrative staff
Approximately 400
StudentsApproximately 2,400
436 7th St E Box 3000, The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1M7, Canada
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53°49′11″N 101°14′16″W / 53.81972°N 101.23778°W / 53.81972; -101.23778Coordinates: 53°49′11″N 101°14′16″W / 53.81972°N 101.23778°W / 53.81972; -101.23778
AffiliationsAUCC, Canadian Colleges Athletic Association, Association of Canadian Community Colleges, IAU, CIS, UArctic, ACU, Campus Manitoba

University College of the North (UCN) is a post-secondary institution located in Northern Manitoba, Canada. UCN has a student body of approximately 2,400 annually, and a staff of approximately 400. The Chancellor of UCN is Edwin Jebb.


Northern Manitoba Vocational Center was established in The Pas in 1966 and the Thompson campus was opened in the early 1980s.[1]

University College of the North was established on July 1, 2004, with the passage of the University of the North Act in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, and is the successor to Keewatin Community College.


June 2014 UCN Thompson
University College of the North's The Pas campus.

UCN has two main campuses, in The Pas and Thompson. There are 12 regional centres in Churchill, Cross Lake, Easterville, Flin Flon, Pukatawagan(Mathias Colomb), Grand Rapids (Misipawistik), Nelson House (Nisichawayasihk), Norway House, Oxford House (Bunibonibee), St. Theresa Point, Split Lake, and Swan River. Nine of UCN's 12 regional centres are in First Nations communities. In partnership with local Cree Nation authorities, UCN co-sponsors public libraries in Pukatawagan (Mathias Colomb), Norway House and Chemawawin (Easterville).[2]


UCN offers more than 40 degree, diploma, and certificate programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Trades and Technology, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Business, and as part of community-based contract training and Apprenticeship training.


The UCN Council of Elders provides guidance through the sharing of traditional knowledge, beliefs and values. There are Aboriginal Centres at UCN's two main campuses. The Mamawechetotan Centre in The Pas and ininiwi kiskinwamakewin Centre in Thompson offer programs that promote cross-cultural awareness. There is a great deal of diversity that is well respected.

Scholarships and bursaries[edit]

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. University College of the North scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Manitoba Hydro Second Year to Final Year Engineering Technology Bursary[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NDP government comes through on University College of the North". The Thompson Citizen. April 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "UCN Celebrates Grand Opening of Third Community Library in Manitoba" (PDF). University College of the North. March 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

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