Yellowhead Tribal College

February 2023

We wish you a warm winter season and a great start to the new year!

We are delighted to have you among us. Yellowhead Tribal College would like to extend our warmest welcome and good wishes

If you are interested in learning more about Yellowhead Tribal College, please visit our website and social media pages for more information. Please feel free to also call us at 780-484-0303. We are happy to answer any inquiries you may have, looking forward to hearing from you!

YTC's Statements of Vision, Mission, and Mandate

Our Vision

Visionary Leaders in First Nations Education.

Our Mission

To achieve academic excellence and student success by providing culturally foundational academic programs and services.

Our Mandate

To promote and protect our First Nations traditions, culture, and language to meet the needs of our students, our communities, and our future.

February Plans

This month of February we want to encourage our Students, Staff, Elders and Friends of YTC to practice Love. There are many forms of love (Self- love, love one another, building relationships, friendships, making connections, support, kindness, etc)

YTC is planning upcoming activities for you to enjoy, please join us if you can, take advantage of our student support services while attending the college. We hope to see you!

Here are a few fun links and articles to check out:

Check out this link for 150 Self love quotes to encourage and inspire yourself

Learn more about the The Five Love languages

Love Language Quiz link

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Message from our Interim President Dr. Tracey Poitras Collins

Tansi, Ahneen, Aba Washded,

Mother Earth has given us a reminder that we are still in the middle of winter as we enter into February on a very cold day. My role as president has taught me a lot about the requirements to deliver quality programs as we support you in your academic journey. The winter semester has begun and the college staff are working hard to put into place the supports that you need to be successful. I want to encourage everyone to make time to work on your assignments, to exercise, and pray.

We will be providing wellness sessions for students and staff; these sessions will include healthy eating, exercise, ribbon skirt making and more activities as we proceed with the winter session. We will also have writing, research, and other skill workshops for you.

Part of my role is to ensure we have the supports in place for you to ensure graduation from your program. Best wishes for a successful winter term.

Until next month,

Interim President Poitras-Collins

- Upcoming Events -

You are welcome to join Yoga Classes

Starting: February 7th, 2023

Who: All YTC Students and Staff

When: Every Tuesday & Thursday

Where: Room 271 on the 2nd floor in the college

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

What to bring: Your own water bottle & dress comfortably, we will supply the yoga mats.

Instructor name: Nicole Oort

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Monthly Elders Schedule

Our Elders are accessible to our students and staff on a daily basis to provide guidance and support, please connect with us.

Ribbon skirt making with Diane Beaverbones will be starting on February 28, 2023 in the Elder's Room. Please sign up with

Student Wellness Day

Friday, Feb. 10th, 9am-4:30pm

10045 156 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB

Students will be provided the opportunity to attend a presentation on nutrition and healthy eating, beginner yoga for relaxation, and painting for mental wellness.

Staff Wellness Day

Friday, Feb. 17th, 9am

10045 156 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB

On February 17th, Ryan will be running the staff wellness day. Activities will include a nutrition presentation, a workshop based around nutrition facts label reading and comparing foods, more painting for mental wellness, and another yoga session to finish the day off.
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Happy Valentines Day Candy Grams

On Tuesday February 14th, 2023. You have the opportunity to buy a candy gram for a friend, partner, colleague, child, or just someone you appreciate or would like to thank.

$5.00 will buy you a single red rose, valentines card to write a personal message and candies. Please see Sharise Rosteski in office 263 or email

All proceeds go to Student and Elder initiatives, thank you for your support.

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101 Best Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

We encourage you to practice random acts of kindness this month as Wednesday, February 22, 2023 is Anti-Bullying Day.

Check out our YTC Dietician facebook page for great information on Nutrition

Like and follow on facebook
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Strategies for Academic Success

Thank you, Ay-hay, Ish-Nish, Mii'gwetch

Preparation and dedication are key to achieving success. Have them both, and you will reach your goals. Best of luck to you!

You are getting closer to your dreams each day. Keep up the hard work, and you will get the best results. I wish you a great future because you deserve it.

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Indigenous Languages Month

What is Indigenous Languages Month?

February is Indigenous Languages Month. This is a month to celebrate the diverse Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories (NWT) and to encourage everyone to learn about and use them with pride.

To reverse the loss of language and culture and to keep Indigenous languages alive and thriving, they need to be spoken in homes, and communities so that intergenerational transmission can be restored. During this month take time to learn about the Indigenous languages of the NWT and how you can ensure their survival.

Learning about Indigenous languages is a step forward that each Canadian can take on the path to reconciliation and reclamation. Taking part in Indigenous Languages Month is one way to ensure NWT’s official Indigenous languages flourish for generations to come.

What led to the creation of Indigenous Languages Month?

National Aboriginal Languages Day (now National Indigenous Languages Day) was created by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in 1989 to create awareness across Canada of the languages of the First Peoples, and to build support for their preservation.

National Aboriginal Languages Day was first celebrated on March 31, 1993. Since then, this day celebrates and encourages Indigenous language speakers, elders, knowledge keepers and youth across the country to live and learn in their mother tongue.

In 1993, Betty Harnum, the first Languages Commissioner of the NWT, on the recommendation of NWT residents, asked the AFN to devote more than one day to celebrate the importance of language and culture in our lives. The AFN agreed and declared the entire month of March as Aboriginal Languages Month.

In 2018, based on recommendation of the official language boards, February was declared the new Indigenous Languages Month in the NWT.