Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE)


ICE provides you with resources and training opportunities to support development as a leader and to connect with your culture. In ICE, you will develop valuable public speaking skills, networking skills, and more.



"ICE has made me feel more connected to my culture, and part of the Indigenous community at the university. I have learned valuable life skills from role models in a welcoming environment."

Jesse Yarechewski, Student, I.H. Asper School of Business


"ICE has provided me with many opportunities to develop leadership skills. It also has given me the opportunity to learn more about my culture and allows me to give back to the Indigenous community with project development and sharing."

Myleen Spence, Student, Faculty of Arts


“ICE is an awesome student group that has enabled me to make more time for community service on campus and beyond, alongside other Indigenous students.” 

Rayanna Seymour (Hourie), J.D. candidate, Faculty of Law


“Sitting with the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment I'm learning the fundamental skills employers are looking for in an environment that is uniquely Indigenous.”

Jeremy McKay, J.D. candidate, Faculty of Law


“ICE is such an incredible opportunity for students who have a passion and desire to lead. It offers us a chance and a space to learn more about what it means to be a leader in our communities, to develop our skills, to put ourselves out there and make connections, and also to simply spend time with others on campus who have similar intentions of making the world a better place. All of this is done while intentionally and respectfully keeping our Indigenous teachings at its core and that really is, for me, a huge reason ICE feels so powerful and safe. I am so grateful this program exists!”

Charlene Hallett, Student, Family Social Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences




To apply to become a member of ICE, you must meet the following requirements:

- You must be a University of Manitoba student in good academic standing (minimum G.P.A. = 2.5).

- You must have completed 30 credit hours of course work by December 31, 2017.

- You must be First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.

- You must maintain a minimum course load of 9 credit hours in the Fall 2017 term and 9 credit hours in the Winter 2018 term


We expect ICE members to:

- Be open-minded, inclusive, respectful, and responsible.

- Bring a positive attitude to all meetings and events.

- Attend all meetings which will be scheduled in the evening on the following dates: 

      (January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26)

- Volunteer 2 x 4 hour blocks with a community organization.

- Complete Speechcraft Public Speaking Training (4 sessions that will take place on Thursday evenings in January and February)(Not a requirement for students that have already completed Speechcraft Training).


The application process for the 2018-2019 academic year will open in Summer 2018.