Qualico Bridge to Success Program

Applications for 2020-2021 will be available April 1.

For Winter 2020, students can contact Carla.Loewen@umanitoba.ca for a paper application.

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.

Activities include:

  • Attend a Qualico boot camp (TBD)
  • Enroll in reserved lecture/lab section of ARTS 1110
  • 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 Migizii Agamik Study Night
  • Attend March Motivation
  • Attend a wellness activity organized specifically for QBTS

ARTS 1110 (Introduction to University): ARTS 1110 is designed to help students make the transition to university by imparting the knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite for success in university study, including how to write an academic paper. 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 QBTS facilitator will visit the class periodically to check in on everyone. 

*This will be available for Fall 2020.

Qualico Boot Camp:
Want a pre-orientation to university before university starts? Attend a Qualico 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! Offered in late August and September annually.

How to apply to QBTS:

Students admitted for Winter 2020 are welcome to apply. Please email Carla.Loewen@umanitoba.ca to request a paper application. 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 attend a boot camp if starting classes in January
  • Students can still be part of the program if they cannot attend a boot camp
  • A QBTS section of ARTS 1110 is not offered in the Winter term
  • Students interested in applying for the QBTS in the winter term can request a paper application


  • The QTBS application deadline for students starting classes in the Winter 2020 term is Friday, January 10th.


"Joining the Qualico Bridge to Success program was the best choice I made as a first-year student because not only did it allow me to overcome my worries through this great milestone but helped me see this university as my second home. This program has given me tools to succeed and an unconditional support system from both the Indigenous Student Centre and the university. I have made friends who are driven like me and mentors who I learn from every day. I know that because of this program, I am able to go through the rest of my degree with confidence and success.”
Zoe Quill, Cree

"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

"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  

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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