Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE)
The Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE) is a student leadership development program rooted in culture and focused on self-development and community engagement.
Should I apply for ICE?
ICE is a free program for Indigenous students who demonstrate drive, determination and leadership.
You should consider applying for ICE if you want to:
- develop your leadership skills
- connect with your culture
- discover your strengths
- expand your network
- volunteer in the community with other students
- work on impactful projects
We start accepting ICE applications each June. Students must apply by September 16.
How do I know if I’m eligible?
To apply to become a member of ICE, you must:
- be an Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) student with a minimum GPA of 2.5
- have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework
- maintain at least 60 per cent of a full course load
What students say about ICE
"ICE has significantly increased my confidence in all aspects of life. It has allowed me to strengthen both my personal identity and my Indigenous identity, and now I have a greater understanding of my purpose in life. ICE has given me the opportunity to meet life-long friends, connect with inspirational leaders in the community, increase my communication skills and to travel. It is a comforting and safe place to retreat when life gets overwhelming,"
-Gabrielle Wilson (recent Faculty of Science graduate, accepted into the Doctor of Medicine program in the Max Rady College of Medicine)
"Being a part of ICE has been an amazing experience. Not only have I grown as a leader in so many ways through meeting and learning from other Indigenous leaders in my community, but I have also been able to connect with my Indigenous culture even further. This program is great for Indigenous students that are looking for ways to get involved in the community on campus and meet other leaders that empower them."
-Gillian McIvor (student, Faculty of Science)
"I love ICE! This program has helped develop my leadership skills, alongside some of the most incredible individuals I have met on campus. My favourite memories are rooted in the many opportunities afforded to us: attending sweats, learning about culture, volunteering, meeting the mayor, learning from phenomenal guest speakers, practicing public speaking and off-campus team-building fun. I even got to travel to Montreal in 2017 and Ottawa in 2018 to attend meaningful conferences in my field of study. This circle encourages, inspires, and gently pushes us to be our very best. I'm grateful to be a part of it."
-Charlene Hallett (student, Family Social Sciences program)
"The Indigenous Circle of Empowerment provides a safe space on campus to excel. Space where you are surrounded by driven, successful Indigenous students striving to improve not only their lives but also the lives of others. The collective lifts each other up by providing support and celebrating accomplishments. Each meeting, we grow as individuals while making connections in industry, politics and the academy. I have thoroughly enjoyed both of the years I have been involved in ICE and look forward to years to come."
-Laura Forsythe (Master of Arts, department of Native Studies)
Indigenous Circle of Empowerment builds leadership and creates community
Reanna Merasty, Tom Roberts, Gillian McIvor, Brendan Wood, Anita Murdock, and Kayla Lariviere, ICE members, receive 2019 Emerging Leader Awards
UM student recognized with Athena Leadership Scholarship
Kayla Lariviere, ICE member, selected for Daughters of the Vote 2019
Dr. Justin Rasmussen
Indigenous Student Centre
Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge
114 Sidney Smith Street
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada