Indigenous Awareness Month

The Indigenous community at the University of Manitoba is hosting a variety of incredible events, activities and celebrations throughout the month of March, offering you an opportunity to learn about Indigenous history, knowledge, cultures and traditions, and to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Indigenous faculty, staff and students. The agenda includes everything from a speaker series exploring the Métis, the Indigenous Awards of Excellence, Rising Up - a conference on Indigenous research, Fireside Chats on Indigenous knowledge, the Decolonizing Lens, the 15th Annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering, and more!


 Events below are subject to change. All events are free to attend unless otherwise noted.

Monday, March 5th

Fred Shore

7-8:30 pm -- Pow Wow Practice Group (Fort Gary Campus, Second Floor of the Active Living Centre, 430 University Crescent)


Tuesday, March 6th

Jean Teillet

11:30 am -12:30 pm -- Fireside Chats: Dr. Frank Deer: The Moral Landscape of Indigenous Consciousness: Navigating Spirituality, Religion and Language (Fort Gary Campus, Circle Room in Migizii Agamik, 114 Sidney Smith Street)


Wednesday, March 7th

11:30 am -12:30 pm -- Department of Native Studies Winter Colloquium Presents: Jason Madden: Matters of National/Constitutional Import: Redress, Recognition & Reconciliation with the Métis Nation (Fort Gary Campus, 307 Tier Building)

4:30 pm -- Dave A. Robertson (Fort Gary Campus, Robert B. Schultz Theatre in St John's College, 92 Dysart Road)


Thursday, March 8th

3-5 pm -- Indigenous Awards of Excellence (Fort Gary Campus, Pembina Hall Residence, 120 Dafoe Road)

MFNERC Science Fair (Fort Gary Campus, Max Bell Centre, 109 Sidney Smith Street)


Friday, March 9th

Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research

MFNERC Science Fair (Fort Gary Campus, Max Bell Centre, 109 Sidney Smith Street)

MUSA/NSGSA Social (Tickets available through NSGSA members)


Saturday, March 10th

Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research

Decolonizing Lens


Monday, March 12th

7-8:30 pm -- Pow Wow Practice Group (Fort Gary Campus, Second Floor of the Active Living Centre, 430 University Crescent)


Tuesday, March 13th

11:30 am -12:30 pm -- Fireside Chats: Dr. Justin Rasmussen: What Does it Mean to be Métis? My Personal Journey in Investigating the Lives of my Ancestors (Fort Gary Campus, Circle Room in Migizii Agamik, 114 Sidney Smith Street)


Wednesday, March 14th

11:30 am -12:30 pm -- Department of Native Studies Winter Colloquium Presents: Karine Martel: Daniels v Canada & Questions of Métis Legal Status (Fort Gary Campus, 307 Tier Building)


Thursday, March 15th

IBEP Business Case Competition


Friday, March 16th

IBEP Business Case Competition


Saturday, March 17th

IBEP Business Case Competition


Monday, March 19th

7-8:30 pm -- Pow Wow Practice Group (Fort Gary Campus, Second Floor of the Active Living Centre, 430 University Crescent)

UMASA Presents: MISKO Fest 

At the Edge of Canada Live: Making Space for Indigenous Feminism


Tuesday, March 20th

Elders Gathering


Wednesday, March 21st

Elders Gathering

11:30 am -12:30 pm -- Department of Native Studies Winter Colloquium Presents: Marilyn Dumont: Fire Brings Us Together: The Influence of Indigenous Women's Writing (Fort Gary Campus, 307 Tier Building)

9 am - 12 pm -- Indigi-neering

6-10 pm -- ENGAP Graduation (There are eight students graduating this year, bringing the cumulative total of graduates to 125)


Monday, March 26th

7-8:30 pm -- Pow Wow Practice Group (Fort Gary Campus, Second Floor of the Active Living Centre, 430 University Crescent)


Tuesday, March 27th

11:30 am -12:30 pm -- Fireside Chats: Carl Stone: Tobacco and Smudging (Fort Gary Campus, Circle Room in Migizii Agamik, 114 Sidney Smith Street)


Thursday, March 29th

Native Studies 3120: Class Presentations on Indigenous Businesses

IBEP Graduation (There are 13 students graduating this year, bringing the cumulative total of graduates to 128)

Indigenous Graduate Students Writing Retreat (Fort Whyte)