Village of Haines Junction

Yukon University (formerly Yukon College)

Haines Junction Community Campus

Haines Junction began as a highway camp in 1942.  When the Haines Road was completed the following year, the community of Haines Junction was born.  Today the region’s population nears 800.  In 1986, a “mobile” campus was established to serve Haines Junction and Burwash Landing.  One day every week the college instructor/coordinator would go on-the-road to Burwash Landing to deliver training needs.  In 1988, due to heavy demand, programs and services were centralized in the James Smith Government Administration Building in Haines Junction.  Today, the two part-time instructor/coordinators maintain training partnerships with Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Kluane First Nation, White River First Nation and serve the four communities of Haines Junction, Destruction Bay, Burwash Landing and Beaver Creek.

The campus offers a wide variety of programming and delivers approximately 45 courses every year.  There is high demand for FoodSafe, Standard and Wilderness First Aid, Trades Safety, Computers, Fine Arts, Music, Dance, Fitness, Gardening, Business, Southern Tutchone language, Trades Apprenticeship Math and Science, Journeyman Red Seal Carpentry, Natural and Cultural Interpretation Essential Skills and Skills for Employment. College Prep courses and Distance Education courses are also offered through video conference and on-line delivery.

Haines Junction Community Campus Address
School of Community Education and Development
Yukon University
152 Haines Road
Box 5531
Haines Junction, Yukon
Y0B 1L0

Contact Information


Sean Sheardown

Community Adult Education Coordinator, Haines Junction

Community Education and Development - Southern
867 634 8800
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Elsabe Kloppers

Community Campus Liaison

Community Education and Development - Southern
867 634 8800
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Threadbearer's Quilt Group

The Threadbearer's celebrated 20 years of quilting and friendship in 2012.   As quilters we are a diverse group with interests in various fiber arts, such as knitting, crocheting, beading, embroidery, sewing etc....  Several in our group sell their products at the summer art co-op at the Anglican church or do commissioned work. 

Our skill and creativity has grown and evolved over our years together.  From our first quilt class with the now infamous "May Basket" pattern we have shared ideas, taught each other new quilt techniques and developed our own styles. 

As a group, we have become committed to creating quilts to raise money for cancer research and for persons receiving chemotherapy at WGH. 

In 1999 we made our first group quilt, with 16 quilters contributing a square for "Quiet Times" for the Hospice room at the HJ Health Center.  About the same time we also made a sampler quilt that was purchased by several Haines Junctionites and donated to the Yukon Arts Center in memory of our friend and fellow quilter Joan O'Neill who developed cancer. 

For many years we sent quilts to Stratford, Ontario to the Quilt Project which auctioned the quilts on-line and at a gala each autumn to raise money for breast cancer research.  We also made a quilt for the Run For Mom for a raffle and it was featured on the t-shirts that year. 

Every fall we organize a weekend at the school and have a true quilting bee to sew lap quilts for the chemotherapy room at WGH.   Patients are given a quilt of their choice to use while receiving their chemo and then can take them home at the end of treatment.  

The babies and grandchildren of some of our quilters are snug under a group quilt made for them.

The Village logo was made into a quilt as a Millenium project and hangs in the Convention Centre. 

In 2013 the quilters were commissioned to sew a quilt for the new Haines Junction Visitor Centre.  The "Kluane Quilt" was inspired by the region's natural and cultural history.  Raven tells the story of the Kluane area from his perch in the woods. 

We meet biweekly September through April at the St Elias Community school.  We organize quilting weekends at the school throughout the winter.  We also do a 3 day retreat to Kluane B&B at Silver City in the fall and spring.



Haines Junction Soccer Club

Haines Junction Soccer Club welcomes all children and youth to play soccer locally and in territorial tournaments. The HJSC currently has 55 child and youth players registered. We enjoy the talents of local coaches such as Callum Weir and Martin Jahr who have years of experience playing the beautiful game and are committed to sharing their skills. The Haines Junction Eagles practice twice a week (typically after school and evenings) from November through to the end of March. Last year we took seven teams to the Northwestel Championships in Whitehorse with players ranging from ages 6 to 14, and have become a team to beat.

Adult Co-ed Soccer runs every Thursday night from 7:30 to 9, starts September 24th through April. It is an informal drop in event in the school gym that focuses on laughter, fun and fitness.

We have been fortunate to purchase four different sized nets, fitness kits and are able to host tournaments. The Haines Junction Soccer Club annually fundraises by doing a highway litter pick up every spring. We'd like to thank the HJ Recycling Center, Village of Haines Junction, Yukon Lotteries, The Lions and the Village Bakery who have been instrumental in supporting soccer in our community.


Yellowknife Super Soccer School Tournament 2017

Grade Eight Team brought home silver and the Grade Six Team improved a ton!

From April 27th to May 2nd fifteen Grade 6 to Gr. 9 students from St. Elias Community School travelled to Yellowknife to compete in the territorial Super Soccer Tournament. 

This annual tournament involves teams from across the three territories, although Haines Junction was the only Yukon team to compete.  Our teams competed in the Grade 6 Boys category and the Grade 8 Boys category against teams from places like Yellowknife, Kugluktuk, and Rankin Inlet. Haines Junction was the only community to enter a mixed boys/girls team in any category. It was great to participate in a tournament that looked to our northern neighbours for friendly competition, rather than the habit of looking to the south.

The team bunked in a classroom in the Weledeh School in Yellowknife and team members socialized with kids from across Canada’s north. An improvised Ping-Pong table and informal soccer games proved to be great icebreakers with our neighbors. Team members also enjoyed visits to the Northern Heritage Centre, pool, movie theatre, Visitor Centre, Gymnastics Centre, Buffalo Airways Tour, the Glassworks and walking around Old Town Yellowknife.

In all, the St. Elias teams played eight games of soccer over 2 ½ days, a physically demanding feat in itself.  As a team, we worked hard to focus on playing a controlled game heavy on passing and teamwork. Each and every player contributed to the team in his or her own way. Jonas Schaerig was a rock star in net for the Grade 8 team and Marshall and Isaac blew folks away in net in the Grade 6 division.  Freya Rowe, Psalm Clunies-Ross, Tanner Germain, Joah Thompson, Ethan Thompson, Jason Symanski, Kaelen Lewis (a guest player from Whitehorse) and Callum Weir created a rock solid Grade 8 team. The Grade 6 team roster included Brooklyn Miller, Eden Dulac, Marshall Boss, Joby Clunies-Ross, Lauren McKinnon, Piper Wirth, Isaac Lawrence and Marin Lewis (guest player from Whitehorse) learned they had the skill to score goals and work together.

The style of soccer we played, which focused on teamwork, communication, passing and controlling the ball, was a winning combination for us, but was at times frustrating for our opponents.  I am proud to say that despite some losses the St. Elias Eagles displayed sportsmanship and behavior in which we can all be justifiably proud.

Thanks go out to Derric Lewis (coach extraodinaire from Whitehorse) for his encouragement and coaching for the Grade 8 team. Derric ran practices and supported the Grade 6 team too.  Thanks to Andrew Lawrence - our trusted, fearless and flexible male chaperone. A big shout out to all of our team member's parents for their support, trust and encouragement. We would also like to thank St. Elias Community School, St. Elias School Council, The Lions and CAFN and all the community members that pitched in on various fundraisers. A quiet support consistently comes from folks that drop off recyclables at the RC for The Haines Junction Soccer Club.  We are fortunate to have the support in our little town to give our children opportunities to see more of our crazy world!

This is the third Super Soccer Tournament that Haines Junction has competed in. In 2015 we entered a Grade 6 and a Grade 8 team, earning bronze and gold and two team sportsmanship awards. Haines Junction is building a reputation for itself in soccer circles across Canada’s north.

If you see any of our young athletes around town, give ‘em a high-five and thank them for doing such a great job representing Haines Junction and Yukon.

Cindi Cowie 



Junior Super Soccer 2018 - Yellowknife
Proud, I was.  The St. Elias Eagles Soccer Team, from Haines Junction,  played indoor soccer last weekend at the Junior Super Soccer Event in Yellowknife. This indoor tournament has become an annual migration to the North for the kids playing soccer in the Junction.  This year we entered two teams, a Grade 7 Boys Team AND a Grade 7 girls team. This is the first year we’ve had enough girls to make up a team.  The students had a blast playing soccer and enjoyed meeting teams from across the North, as far as Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.  

I had to get creative to register all the age appropriate Junction kids into one Grade Level.  I finally had enough girls for a solid girl's team!  I just needed one more girl. Freya Rowe, Piper Wirth, Brooklyn Miller, Eden Dulac, Lahela Reid, Marley Kinney, and Ethny Dulac from St. Elias Community School and Marin Lewis, from Whitehorse, made up the Girls Team. The Grade 7 team comprised of five Haines Junction players and 3 Whitehorse players.  Issac Lawrence, Ethan Thompson, Joby Clunies-Ross, Marshall Boss, Thor Rowe from SECS and Louie Mouchet, Lain Kearns and Liam Keesey from Whitehorse comprised the Boys Grade 7 team.  The teams had a mixture of Grade 6, 7 and Grade 8 students.  Freya and Ethan had been to Super Soccer before a few times so they led their teams well. Here are the outcomes of all the games:
Girls 12-2 win
Boys 9-6 Win
11-3 Girls Win
7-0 Boys Win
Girls 6-4 win
Girls 6-3 Loss to Rankin Inlet
Boys 5-4 Loss to William Mac Yellowknife
Boys - 4-2 Win
Girls 6-1 Win,
Girls in semi finals  4-1 win against Rankin Inlet
Girls went to Gold metal game and lost to William Mac 7- 1
Boys 5-4 win
Boys in Semi Finals lost 7-2 to a bigger William Mac Yellowknife Team
All in all to go out of the Yukon and get in 7 games for the Girls and 6 for the boys is fabulous experience for the players.

The girls came home with a silver medal and ranked 2nd out of 10 teams.  The boys placed third out of 11 teams in the Grade 7 division.

Derric Lewis coached the boys team and led 2 technical practices for both teams at the Yellowknife Field house before the Super Soccer Tournament started.  Derric has been a consistent support to the success of our trips to Yellowknife over the last 4 years.

Marty Samis, a staff member at SECS, was the male chaperone and was an essential person for the favourable outcome last weekend.  Thank you Marty!  I big thank you to Yukon Lotteries for the financial support to fly all the players to Yellowknife.

I was proud to see new players from Haines Junction representing our school and community at the Super Soccer Tournament.

Uli Nottling, P.E. teacher at Weledeh School, the ‘whip’ of the tournament said to me “ your teams always stand out different from our NWT teams, they pass the ball, they have quick technical skills that our kids just don’t have.”  I think this is from all the Futsal we have been playing for the last few years. I think growing up playing Futsal from an early age has given them the skills.  A few kids have played in TSE when they can get to town.  Over the years, Haines Junction Soccer Club has had John McPhail, Derric Lewis, Jake Hanson, Martin Jahr, Dawson Weir, Edgar Musanda and Callum Weir share their talent and passion for the beautiful game. 
Heartfelt thanks goes out to our community sponsors - The Lions Club, School Council, Shawkwunlee Sports Society, Ms Robinson's Grade 6/7 class, CAFN, The St. Elias Green Team, Haines Junction Recycling Center and all the community supporters!! Without the financial support by Yukon Lotteries travel would not have been possible.  Thank you Yukon Lotteries!!


Annual Ombrelle Soccer Festival - Haines Junction School Field

May 26th, 2018 - the last Saturday in May

We welcome all childeren ages 6 to 17 to come play the beautiful game and enjoy coaches and youth from Whitehorse who are coming to share their passion for soccer with kids and youths. 

Last year players from Whitehorse came out, and played with our 20 Haines Junction players.  We had a total of 37 participants with the U17 boys and two head coaches, John McPhail and Edgar Musonda.

This year we have a talented bunch of young folks coming out with John McPhail, so let's see how many kids from the Junction will come out too!!







The Northwestel Championships - Covid Style - 2021 

Photos by Sarah Lewis