Qualico Bridge to Success Program

Supporting first year Indigenous student success

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) is pleased to offer the Qualico Bridge to Success Program. The goal of this program is to facilitate the transition of new Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, Métis) students into post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba by offering pre-orientation activities, academic learning support, advising, peer mentoring and special events that will enhance the first year experience. There is no cost to participate in this program.

The Qualico Bridge to Success Program nurtures the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional strengths of Indigenous students so they can be as successful as possible in their first year of study. 

Who is considered a Qualico Bridge to Success student?
Any student who completes three or more activities between August-April will be considered a Qualico Bridge to Success student. Being a QBTS student at the end of the academic year will qualify students for tuition prize draws, give-aways and more. There will also be incentives provided throughout the year to use QBTS resources.

Activities include:

  • Attend a summer boot camp (August 25 or 28)
  • Enroll in reserved lecture/lab section of ARTS 1110 (A05 B22)
  • Join the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program
  • Attend at least one appointment with our reading specialist
  • Attend a Career Planning Workshop delivered for QBTS
  • Attend a Study Night organized specifically for QBTS
  • Attend a Wellness activity organized specifically for QBTS
  • Attend a study night in the fall or winter term
  • Attend the End of Year event for a chance to win a tuition prize and more

ARTS 1110 (Introduction to University): Each fall term a section of ARTS 1110 is reserved for students in the QBTS program. Registering for the associated sections (ARTS 1110 A05 B22) will require special permission. Please contact Carla at carla.loewen@umanitoba.ca or phone (204) 291-5257 to request permission. ARTS 1110 (Introduction to University) is designed to help students make the transition to university by imparting the knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite for success in university study. The reserved student lab section (B22) must be taken with a corresponding lecture section (A05), which is scheduled in the Fall 2018 term on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:15 p.m. The benefit of the Qualico section is that students get to learn with the same group of students for the whole term during the lab portion and the instructor has her office in Migizii Agamik where the Indigenous Student Centre is, and the QBTS facilitator will visit the class periodically to check in on everyone.

Summer Boot Camp: Want a pre-orientation to university before university starts? Attend a summer boot camp! At this event, students will get detailed information about Indigenous Student Centre and campus resources, meet other new students, staff members and faculty, as well as take part in a note taking and mock lecture session. There is no cost to attend and attendees will be provided with lunch, parking passes or bus reimbursement and giveaways!

How to apply to QBTS:

The Fall 2019 application form will be available on May 6, 2019, which will include summer boot camp dates. Students admitted for Winter 2019 are welcome to apply. Please email Carla.Loewen@umanitoba.ca to request a paper application. You will be contacted by the QBTS facilitator with more information. Interested applicants are also welcome to contact the Indigenous Student Centre at any stage of the admission process. There is no cost to join this program and all program components are free except for the associated tuition costs for ARTS 1110.


Benefits of the Qualico Bridge to Success Program:

  • Be part of your student community
  • Dedicated student advisor support
  • Opportunity to access supplemental academic resources
  • Opportunity for financial wellness learning
  • Participation can be included on applications for scholarships, bursaries or jobs


  • Students can join if they are full or part-time
  • Students can still attend a boot camp if starting classes in January
  • Students can still be part of the program if they cannot attend a boot camp
  • The only deadlines are signing up for a boot camp prior to your preferred date and registering for ARTS 1110 by the end of the revision period (TBD)


"The Qualico Bridge to Success Program has introduced me to many opportunities available to me as a student to help me succeed in my education. It's also given me the connections needed to make new friends, and the most important thing that I've learned is that I'm not alone. I've learned that the university has advisors, services, supports and opportunities which can help students figure out or change their career path. QBTS is a wonderful program and I'm glad I have the opportunity to be a part of it." -- Leah Marion-King, Ojibway, University 1

"QBTS has greatly expanded my knowledge on what is expected of a university student, the resources out there, and how to approach my goals with an open, positive mindset. This program aided me in becoming more comfortable on campus." -- Solana Pratt, Dakota, 2nd year student

If you have any questions about the Qualico Bridge to Success Program or would like to talk to a student advisor, please contact Carla Loewen at:
Indigenous Student Centre
Migizii Agamik, Bald Eagle Lodge

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