An engaged room of students listen while an instructor presents in the Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge.

How you'll make a difference

Land and Water: Land-based Education runs from October to June, in and around Winnipeg. You will have the opportunity to:

  • engage in land-based programming and learn about Indigenous people’s enduring relationships to place and land
  • explore your role in protecting land and water, and meet other young people committed to climate action
  • connect with like-minded university students, community youth, and high school students
  • co-facilitate creative programming at monthly lunch and learns, monthly full-day field trips from February to June, and an overnight camping trip in the spring

As part of our post-secondary team, you will help facilitate a lunch and learn at R. B. Russell Vocational High School once per month (November – May), a full-day field trip monthly from February to June, plus an overnight camping trip.

Schedule

This program begins in October with four days of training and concludes in June with a celebration and debrief.

October – January: Orientation, lunch and learns, excursions

Gain experience facilitating student land-based programming, such as lunch and learns, field trips and other excursions.

Feel supported by your post-secondary team at our monthly meetings, which provide opportunities for team building, reflection and training.

Time commitment
  • Three-hour orientation meeting in late October
  • Three-hour social outing in early November
  • Fall Reading Week land-based experience (“This is Indigenous Land”)
  • Monthly one-hour lunch and learn at R. B. Russell Vocational High School, facilitated by one or more members of the post-secondary team
  • Monthly three-hour social outing and/or training session

Fall Term Reading Week (November): “This is Indigenous Land”

You will take part in “This is Indigenous Land,” a four-day land-based training experience consisting of a mix of urban and rural land-based education. This experience will provide opportunities to re-story Winnipeg as Indigenous land, re-root our relationships to land and each other, put Indigenous values like reciprocity into action, and develop a land ethic that includes urban spaces.

This is Indigenous Land is offered in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge-holders and other teachers for community youth and university students during Fall Term Reading Week.

February – June: Monthly programming

Help facilitate a full-day of group programming once per month, including campus visits and community field trips, such as a trip Shoal Lake 40 First Nation or a tour of the Bannock Point petroforms in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Time commitment
  • Two one-hour class visits in February

Monthly full-day field trips: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. You are encouraged to schedule your university coursework to be available at these times in March, April and May, but this is not a requirement. A letter of participation is available to support your requess to faculty to be absent from classes, if necessary.

  • Monthly one-hour lunch and learns at R. B. Russell Vocational High School, facilitated by one or more members of the post-secondary team
  • Monthly three-hour social outing and/or training session
  • Weekend camping trip in spring (overnight)

June: Celebration and debrief

The program will end with a celebration with the youth and a debrief with the post-secondary team members. By this time, strangers have become like family, and this is a good chance to discuss your growth with people who understand the experience.

Our coordinator

Nicki Ferland has a background in human, Aboriginal and Indigenous rights, Indigenous and anti-racist education, and Indigenous research.

Our past experiences

Examples of past programming include:

  • a visit to the Faculty of Engineering’s Alternative Village on the UM Fort Garry campus
  • a day trip to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
  • an Elder-led tour of the Bannock Point petroforms site in Whiteshell Provincial Park

We offer the Land and Water program in partnership with the Winnipeg School Division.

We offer the Land and Water program in partnership with the Winnipeg School Division. Because we work with high school students who are minors, you must obtain a Police Information Check (PIC) and Child Abuse Registry Check to participate in this program.

The Winnipeg School Division will reimburse you for these costs, and the Community Engaged Learning program can also help cover your upfront fee, if needed.