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Yukon First Nations Students

Students with 2015 SOVA Artist-in-Residence, Michael Belmore.

Students with 2015 SOVA Artist-in-Residence, Michael Belmore.

Aboriginal Cultural Values

A key strategic goal of the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) is the integration of Aboriginal cultural values. As a member of the school’s Governance Council the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (TH) First Nation provides curriculum oversight as well as opportunities for students to engage in a variety of activities with TH citizens.

Artists of Aboriginal ancestry are also well represented among SOVA’s guest and resident artists. A few of those who have contributed to instruction at SOVA include: Jackie Olson, Steve Loft, Terrance Houle, Michelle Latimer and Michael Belmore.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Yukon First Nations students are eligible for the Canada Student Loan Program, as well as various programs administered through the Yukon Government’s Student Financial Assistance Unit.  Additional funding opportunities may be found by contacting the Council for Yukon First Nations. SOVA also offers two scholarships for which Yukon First Nations students are eligible, the SOVA-Yukon Scholarship and the Geoey Shaw Bursary Fund.

For more information about these funding opportunities, please visit Scholarships and Financial Assistance.


Finding housing in Dawson can be challenging. In acknowledgement of this, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation offers a Homestay Option for Yukon First Nations students who are interested in attending SOVA. This program gives students the opportunity billet with a local Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in family for the duration of the school year (September to April). Please contact the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Department of Human Resources and Post-Secondary Education for more information on the Homestay Option.


If you have any questions  please call SOVA at (867) 993-6390 or email us.




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