Media Education in Yukon

Curricular Overview

Last reviewed July 2016

The Yukon is a member of the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Education (WNCP), formed in 1995 for curriculum development by the four Western provinces and two territories. (Nunavut joined in 2000.) The Western Canadian Protocol (WNCP) Common Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts, completed in 1996, contains a strong media education component.

The Yukon follows the British Columbia (BC) English Language Arts curriculum for Grades K-12, which is based on the WCP framework. At the secondary level, the Yukon is implementing the BC Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs). In this curriculum, media-related outcomes have been included within the three areas of Comprehend and Respond, Communicate Ideas and Information, and Self and Society.

Like British Columbia, the Yukon also offers Grades K-8 Personal Planning and Grades 9-12 Career and Personal Planning curricula, which include many opportunities for the integration of media studies. Another pertinent subject area is Social Studies, especially in outcomes relating to bias, representation and stereotyping.

The Yukon Ministry of Education is providing in-service training, including a media education component for the English Language Arts curriculum.

Included in the left menu are curriculum charts for Grades K-12 that feature media education outcomes in the BC English Language Arts, and Career and Personal Planning curricula, with links to supporting MediaSmarts resources and lessons.