Collège nordique francophone

Founded 2011 | Yellowknife, NT

Collège nordique francophone is the only post-secondary and continuing education institution north of the 60th parallel to offer professional training in French. The school was launched by the Fédération franco-ténoise, an organization that supports French speakers in the Northwest Territories. 

The programs at Collège nordique francophone train people for jobs that are in high demand in the region: business administration, tourism management, early childhood education and special education.

Through distance learning, students can complete diploma and certificate programs offered at other colleges and universities across Canada without leaving the North. At the campus in downtown Yellowknife, students can use school computers to participate in classroom discussions happening in other locations or to complete coursework. Tuition varies depending on the program and its school of origin. 

The school offers courses in multiple languages, including English, French and Spanish. It also has specialized programs for public servants and hosts workshops on a wide range of topics such as medicinal plants and Mexican cooking.

With a close-knit community of roughly 300 students, Collège nordique francophone prides itself on its northern character and mandate to promote the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region. The school also offers language programming and educational workshops that have a local flavour. These programs include a culture-focused course in Tłch , one of the 11 official languages of the Northwest Territories.

Popular Programs

• French as a Second Language

• Tłch

• English as a Second Language

• Child Care Education

• Specialized Teaching Aid

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• Tłch: This course is offered in Tłch yatıı`. Learners will be able to take part in a mentorship program with Elders from the Dene community. Activities are scheduled to allow students to practice the language and learn more about Dene culture and traditions.

• Child care education: This two-year, French-only program is part of a partnership with Collège La Cité, and is delivered online and includes internships.

• Specialized teaching aid: In this two-year, French-only program, students learn how to help elementary and secondary students with special needs thrive and become active members of the community. This program is offered in collaboration with Northern Lights College and Collège éducacentre.