YTC affirms that the First Nations Elders are the “knowledge keepers” in their Nations. Throughout the school year, the college provides several opportunities for students to experience First Nation culture including sweat lodges, pipe ceremonies, round dances, feasts and other cultural ceremonies. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about First Nations history, language, worldviews and cultural protocols, through shared traditional oral practices with Elders, cultural advisors, and other students.
YTC’s cultural programming is a conduit for all students to further develop their understanding and appreciation of First Nations culture while affirming First Nations self-identity. In support of its cultural programming, the college has an Elder-in-Residence Program (ERP) for students who may want additional counseling and/or support. The ERP also assists instructors in infusing First Nations content and perspectives in their classrooms.
Students who actively participate may earn up to (3) residency credits per school year. For further information, please inquire with your coordinator.