Executive Council Office

Canadian Mountain Network—Yukon Initiating Group

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Canadian Mountain Network: Better Together
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About the Canadian Mountain Network

The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) is a voluntary alliance of numerous partners from universities, colleges, governments, community organizations, First Nations and businesses dedicated to the sustainability of mountain environments and communities across the country and around the world. It was established in 2016 and is in the early stages of establishing a forum for collaboratively addressing the diverse challenges facing mountain regions by harnessing existing capacities and seeking new resources. Over the next 18 months, the CMN will lead the preparation of a national Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) proposal. 


Learn more at the Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) Portal



Canadian Mountain Network Full Application

The Canadian Mountain Network's application to the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)  was submitted in July 2018. 

For more information, visit the Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) Portal


Yukon Initiating Group

The first step in establishing this network was to form initiating groups across the country to understand mountain research needs, expand network participation and create more opportunities for collaboration. 


The Yukon Initiating Group (Yukon IG) was one of five regional bodies that served as a point of contact during the initial development of the CMN and the NCE application.


Each Initiating Group provided advice in order for the CMN to coordinate activities, leverage resources, create strategic documents, catalogue infrastructure, establish a baseline of mountain research, and develop the NCE application.


The Yukon IG, is a voluntary advisory body of individuals collectively motivated by an interest in stimulating discussions to inform the development of this research network so it maximizes impacts and benefits to Yukon.


The Yukon IG drafted a discussion paper that provide feedback to the Canadian Mountain Network on its establishment, relevance and potential benefits to Yukon. The discussion paper summarized the outcomes of Yukon IG meetings in fall 2016 and winter 2017 on each of following topics:


    1. Partner engagement and benefits: Who is involved in mountain research in Yukon

        and who benefits?

    2. Research themes: What mountain-related research is currently being conducted,

        and what research needs have been identified but have yet to be funded?

    3. Research data management: How should research data generated by the CMN be 

        managed? What physical, administrative and technical structure is needed in order

        to share data with both the public and researchers?

    4. Highly qualified personnel (HQP):  What needs to be considered in the CMN plan to

        train HQP to develop needed capacity in Yukon?

    5. Research infrastructure: What infrastructure is available to support research in

        Yukon, and what additional research infrastructure is needed?


Download current version (V20170628) here (pdf)

Please send any comments on this document to the YukonIG

Haines Junction Mountain Festival

Yukon's third annual celebration of the UN's International Mountain Day  will be held in Haines Junction November 30-December 2, 2018. 


For more information visit the Haines Junction Mountain Festival website.



The Science Community of Practice (SCOPe) and CMN hosted a workshop in Whitehorse on June 23, 2016 to share information and get early feedback on the network.


The Yukon College, Government of Yukon and University of Alberta held an 'early leaders' workshop on May 19, 2015 to discuss interests of early leaders, start to define key elements of a northern-relevant NCE and explore potential governance approaches. 

Get involved! 

Contact us to discuss:

  • You and or your organization's interest to register to be part of the network
  • Your interest in volunteering to participate in network activities in Yukon, network committees and/or to help with other tasks.
  • Call (867-667-5431) or email us to discuss your interests