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General statistics

Students who identify as Indigenous 5 to 9.99%
Academic staff who identify as Indigenous 5 to 9.99%

Indigenous languages

Courses offered Cree

Mandatory courses

Yes, for all students

Financial support

Graduate fellowship
Emergency funds
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Indigenous students can also seek additional financial supports for non-tuition or emergency costs through the Aboriginal Student Services Centre.

Financial guidance

Our Aboriginal Student Services Centre is a one-stop shop offering full service access to enrolment, financial aid and student services in a culturally safe environment. The Office of Indigenous Affairs provides additional guidance to Indigenous students on these programs on an individual basis, as does our mainstream Financial Aid and Awards office.


On-campus housing/student residences
Academic counselling
General counselling
Peer-to-peer mentoring
Employment/career counselling
Child care
Transportation support
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We also provide culturally safe learning supports.


Social or cultural events
Gathering space
Elder engagement
+ Other

The University of Winnipeg hosts an annual Graduation Pow-Wow to honour UWinnipeg's Aboriginal graduates. The event is hosted by the Aboriginal Student Council (ASC) and the Aboriginal Student Services Centre (ASSC).

Programs for Indigenous students

Experiential learning opportunities

The Tiospaye Student Leadership Development Initiative is a program that brings together a cohort of second, third and fourth year Indigenous students for leadership training and capacity building activities that emphasize physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. Participants of this initiative mentor and transfer these skills to incoming Indigenous students.
Indigenous Food Systems Course -- Dr. Shailesh Shukla, Assistant Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies, offers a field course on Indigenous Food Systems, in collaboration with outdoor educators on-site at Fisher River First Nation. The course grew from work Shukla and his students completed last year. They interviewed seventeen Elders and developed a cookbook entitled The Forgotten Traditional Foods of Fisher River. It is currently being translated into Cree and will be released in the coming months. In July, Shukla takes students to Keeseekowenin First Nation, near Riding Mountain National Park, for a field course in Ethnobotany. In partnership with Indigenous Elders, students were exposed to 50 different varieties of plants and their medicinal and nutritional properties.
Indigenous Ceremonies and Healing Course, Dr. Mark F. Ruml (Religion and Culture) --- Organized in collaboration with local healers, this course involves attending and participating in local Indigenous ceremonies and learning about Indigenous healing models and worldviews. Combined with an academic pedagogical approach, it provides an opportunity for students to engage in experiential learning from an Indigenous pedagogical approach, which engages the four aspects of the self (mind, body, spirit, emotions) in the learning process. Offered in spring, when several major ceremonies are held, it allows for overnight camping. Students use their experiential learning as a framework from which to engage written sources related to the ceremonies and teachings. In preparation for attendance and participation in ceremonies, students demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous research methods and ethical issues related to research with Indigenous people, as well was an awareness of protocols related to interacting with Elders and attending ceremonies.
Material Culture in Northern Plains Indigenous History 2016 and 2017 Dr. Roland Bohr, Professor, Department of History --- Based on oral history, archaeology, and material culture, students in this course explored ways in which Indigenous and European technologies complement each other. The second half of the course moved from classroom to the ANPO-Bison Ranch, near Rossburn, Manitoba, where students had an opportunity to work with Indigenous Elders from nearby First Nations communities. They learnt about bison culture and traditional technologies, such as tanning hides and manufacturing archery equipment, while living in traditional tipis.
SHOAL LAKE 40: Land Based Reconciliation Field School - 2016 Dr. Jobb Arnold, Professor, Menno Simons College, Conflict Resolutions Studies --- Last summer, the Shoal Lake land-based reconciliation field school was held, a 10-day experiential learning event that brought UWinnipeg students and Menno Simmons College students together with youth from Shoal Lake 40 with the guidance of Indigenous Elders, community leaders and university faculty. Shoal Lake is a national news story. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the community, which struggles with continuous boil water advisories, despite being the source of clean drinking water for the City of Winnipeg's 700,000 residents. UWinnipeg students camped out in canvas tents on traditional Shoal Lake territories and were exposed to a two-day canoe certification course, teachings from Elders on the collection of traditional medicine and their significance, and instruction in traditional survival skills from Indigenous community knowledge keepers.
Prairie Ecology Field Course 2016 Dr. Susan Lingle, Professor, Department of Biology --- The Behavioural Ecology and the Prairie Grasslands course took 12 students last summer to live and work at two significant prairie grassland locations in western Canada. Students learned about the ecology and conservation of the threatened prairie landscape by working with people ranging from biologists and resource managers to local First Nations and Metis people. Students worked with diverse animals that include prairie dogs, bison, coyotes, burrowing owls and waterfowl.
YouthUnited@UWinnipeg: Inner City Work/Study Experimental Course is an experiential learning course that combines a third year, six-credit hour course with practical learning in a community-based non-profit setting. The course is the anchor component of YouthUnited@Winnipeg, a two-year pilot project funded by the City of Winnipeg. Selected students engage in an intensive 15-week program offered from May 3rd to August 31st. Students engage in paid work 28 hours per week in a community organization as part of the program. Twenty UWinnipeg students from both the inner-city and suburban neighbourhoods are enrolled in the intensive, 15-week work/study experience. The central theme of the program is reconciliation, drawing on the Calls to Action set out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) report. The TRC highlights the importance of youth engagement in the process of reconciliation. YouthUnited@Winnipeg brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous university students to work and learn in Winnipeg's inner-city and North End communities, to help dispel the misperceptions about the inner-city and North End that continue to create an unhealthy divide in our city, a divide that contributes to the perpetuation of racism. Students will work four days per week with an inner-city community- based organization to expose them to community-led strategies that are effective in creating positive change.
Undergraduate and Graduate
The Indigenous Summer Scholars Program is a partnership between Indigenous Affairs and Graduate Studies through which Indigenous senior undergraduate students and recent graduates of undergraduate programs are invited to explore the possibilities of graduate studies. The goals of the program are: 1) to strengthen the pathways for Indigenous students to move into advanced study and, ultimately, into leadership in the academy and in all sectors of society; 2) to re-affirm the significance and centrality of Indigenous peoples, ways of knowing, and experiences at the UW; and 3) to create a network of Indigenous scholars and allies on campus. For the first two weeks, students participate in a series of workshops and events designed to give them an introduction to the centrality of research in graduate studies, to Indigenous knowledges in the academy, and to skills needed to succeed in graduate studies. For the following eight weeks, students work as members of research teams, undertaking work on a research project under the supervision of a UW faculty member. Students are awarded $5000 for their work over the 10 weeks; these research awards come from the faculty supervisors' research grants. For the summer of 2017, eight faculty members have made such awards available for eight Summer Scholars, on projects ranging from developing an economic model for adequate water and sanitation facilities on First Nations reserves, to organizing intergenerational knowledge exchanges on climate change, to creating a searchable database of the Treaty Annuity Playlists now held in Canadian archives.

Language courses

Undergraduate On Campus Off Campus In Community Online
Introductory Cree Checkmark
Introductory Ojibwe/Anishinaabemowin Checkmark

Indigenous language programs or degrees

No level specified On Campus Off Campus In Community Online
The Anishinaabemotaadidaa Immersion Camp, hosted through The University of Winnipeg's Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, is an immersion-style language camp. Participants will learn Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) while receiving peer-teaching experience, and take part in daily urban adventures, in addition to in class learning time.
The University of Winnipeg offers free language courses through the "Let's Speak Ojibway to Our Kids" program. Parents and children to learn together with Elders speaking Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibway language) at The Wii Chiiwaaknak Learning Centre to help keep the language alive.