Our Stories

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

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…

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…

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

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.

the quint

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 Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa, Ontario).

News Releases

UCN Employees Awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

By Rod Nabess | October 24, 2022 | Comments Off on UCN Employees Awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2022 (Winnipeg, MB) – University College of the North’s (UCN) President and Vice-Chancellor, Doug Lauvstad and UCN’s Vice‐President of Academic and Research, Dan Smith, were awarded Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal. The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal celebrates the 70th anniversary year of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the…

New and Returning Members Appointed to UCN Governing Council

By Rod Nabess | September 22, 2022 | Comments Off on New and Returning Members Appointed to UCN Governing Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2022 (The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) welcomes four new and two returning Board Members to the Governing Council. Pam Marsden [Flin Flon], Glen McKenzie [Swan River], Alan McLauchlan [RM of Kelsey], and April Wastesicoot [Thompson Student Rep] have joined the Governing Council. Brea Anderson [The…

UCN Grows Information Technology Opportunity

By Rod Nabess | August 31, 2022 | Comments Off on UCN Grows Information Technology Opportunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2022 (The Pas/Thompson, MB) – For the first time ever, the University College of the North (UCN) will run three simultaneous information technology (IT) programs with the help of Future Skills Centre. UCN IT projects received additional funding from Future Skills Centre to continue operation through the 2022-2023 academic year.…

UCN Appoints Helga Bryant as Next Dean of Health

By UCN | August 18, 2022 | Comments Off on UCN Appoints Helga Bryant as Next Dean of Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2022 The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) has appointed Ms. Helga Bryant, RN, BScN, MScA, as UCN’s next Dean of Health. Her appointment begins in May 2023. Helga holds a M.Sc. in Administration (Health Care) from Central Michigan University and has been a Registered Nurse since…

UCN Expands in Thompson with North Forge Partnership

By Rod Nabess | July 27, 2022 | Comments Off on UCN Expands in Thompson with North Forge Partnership

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

By Rod Nabess | May 16, 2022 | Comments Off on UCN Information Technology Project Trains Indigenous Women for Technology Careers

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.

By Rod Nabess | May 11, 2022 | Comments Off on UCN announces new program to help applicants prepare for Diploma in Practical Nursing.

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

By UCN | May 9, 2022 | Comments Off on UCN Collaborates on Fish Stock Monitoring Program

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

By UCN | April 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Near-Net-Zero Greenhouse Operating on UCN Campus

(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

By UCN | April 26, 2022 | Comments Off on University College of the North Library Completes ‘Elder’s Traditional Knowledge’ Archive

(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,…