Bison partnership with First Nations school

October 16th, 2013 · No Comments · Aboriginal, Advisory, Education, Indigenous, Kinesiology, Outreach, Peace and Justice, Sports, Students

In 2006, a partnership was formed between the University of Manitoba Bison Women’s Basketball Team and the Skownan First Nation. That year, Running With the Bison was created, a unique outreach and community initiative that included a basketball camp and a retreat.

Career Trek was also a partner with the team on the initiative with students from Skownan First Nation in the Children Rising program, providing educational programming for young people with perceived barriers to entering post-secondary education.

Skownan First Nation introduced a herd of wood bison onto their land, and that herd became the official herd of the University of Manitoba Bison Women’s Basketball Team. The team was presented with a ceremonial bison head in recognition of the partnership, a meaningful symbol of strength, spirit, determination, sense of community and camaraderie. It is proudly displayed at the University of Manitoba in the Investors Group Athletic Centre.

The University of Manitoba recently commissioned a bison head guitar from Ecole Selkirk’s B.O.S.S. Guitarworks to reciprocate and celebrate the University’s commitment to Skownan’s youth through the Children Rising Mentorship Program, a joint initiative of Skownan First Nation, Career Trek Inc., University of Manitoba and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg.

The guitar will be presented to community representatives and students on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at 10:30 am at Skownan School.

A reception and light lunch will follow.

For information on Career Trek, please visit their website:

For more information, please contact Brendan Hughes, executive director, Student Engagement, University of Manitoba, at: 204-272-1596, or email:

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