Treaty Education

The University of Manitoba and the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) focused on Treaty education. The MOU will enhance learning experiences for students, staff, and faculty relative to Treaties and Treaty related matters, and will guide the University community in advancing reconciliation and implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's calls to action.

MOU signing
Treaty Commissioner James Wilson, U of M President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard

Some of the initiatives that are being developed through this partnership include:

  • Seminars on Treaty issues for new and existing students, faculty and staff
  • Workshops for faculty on how to integrate Treaty awareness and research into curriculum; and
  • A Treaty Ambassador program for students.

“The University of Manitoba is honoured to collaborate with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. We have a shared mandate of using education to transform communities and to strengthen and build relationships so that all peoples have better futures.”
- David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Manitoba

“Formalizing this partnership will allow us to continue to build on the impactful work that is already underway. By ensuring Indigenous Achievement is part of the strategic plan for every faculty and department at the University of Manitoba, we feel confident that this MOU will inspire individuals and empower the kind of change that will help us build healthier relationships and stronger communities.”
- Treaty Relations Commissioner, James Wilson

Memorandum of Understanding
U of M and TRCM

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Traditional Territories Acknowledgement

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Wahkotowin - Speaker Series

Hosted by the Association of Aboriginal Commerce Students (AACS), Wahkotowin is a monthly speaker series that brings together Elders, experts, and students to learn about historical and contemporary issues related to Treaties.

The next session will take place Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Drake Centre's Commemorative Room at the U of M.
Speakers include: Mayor Brian Bowman, Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie (student), and Elder Dan Thomas. Everyone is welcome to attend.

“Wahkotowin is Cree for relationships. I hope to foster stronger relationships through this series by providing a safe place where Indigenous and non-Indigenous students can learn together. We would like to thank
the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, the Office of Indigenous Achievement and the University of Manitoba Aboriginal Students’ Association for their support of Wahkotowin.”
- Ashley Richard, president of AACS.


MOU signing 2015

Treaty Commissioner James Wilson, Executive Lead, Indigenous Achievement Deborah Young, U of M President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard