alongside Indigenous youth land and water helper community

  • Make a difference in the life of a grade 10 student from R. B. Russell Vocational High School and show them a day-in-the-life of a university student.
  • Engage in land-based programming and learn about your relationship to Indigenous lands, treaty and the flowing waterways of our city.
  • Team up with community leaders, high school students and a diverse group of university mentors to explore our gifts, roles in community and what it means to lead a good life.
  • Connect with grassroots community leaders and learn about Indigenous cultures, social justice work, and yourself—where you come from, where you are and where you’re going.

FALL/WINTER – OCT-MAY
Winnipeg and area

Free of charge
15-30 students

Deadline: October 8

Become a stronger mentor with four days of training and teambuilding during Fall Reading Week (November 13-16), including:
  • Mentoring attitudes, skills and wise practices with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg
  • A.R.R.O.W.S. Youth Engagement Strategy with AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities)
  • Facilitation and conflict resolution with Menno Simons College
Training and teambuilding is scheduled for 9:00 am - 4:00 pm from Tuesday to Friday from November 13-16.

University students will mentor the high school youth, sharing their university experiences and social justice work. Everyone will participate in cultural programming to explore identity, power and privilege; learn about Indigenous cultures through various experiential learning opportunities; reflect on our gifts and roles in community; meet and learn from community leaders; explore university as one of many paths for achieving social justice and “the good life”; and attend classes and campus events to experience university and student life.

A letter of participation is available to support requests to faculty to be absent from classes if necessary.

The Land and Water Mentoring Program is offered in partnership with R. B. Russell Vocational High School and the Winnipeg School Division (WSD).

Mentors will need to register as volunteers with the Winnipeg School Division and must submit to a Police Information Check and Child Abuse Registry Check. Mentors will need to cover the upfront cost of the Police Information Check, but WSD will provide a reimbursement by cheque. WSD will coordinate the Child Abuse Registry Check free of charge.