Two indigenous students sit together at a round table studying at Migizii Agamik-Bald Eagle Lodge.

Indigenous student experience at UM

There's a whole world to see outside of the reserve, and coming to the University of Manitoba was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Jesse McGregorCree, U1/Access

Tuition and financial support

  • $21 million

    Value of scholarships and bursaries awarded each year

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    $2.5 million

    Value of entrance scholarships awarded to new students each year.

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    $6 million

    Value of bursaries supporting students with financial need.

Scholarships and awards

There are several programs you can take advantage of to help cover the costs of your education:

  • The University of Manitoba distributes millions of dollars each year to new and returning students in the form of scholarships and bursaries.
  • If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you can apply for student loans from the federal and provincial governments.
  • The work-study program offers part-time, on-campus employment for students with financial need during the school year.
  • You may also qualify for Indigenous-specific funding opportunities like First Nations band funding, Manitoba Metis Federation funding and Manitoba Inuit Association funding.

Your finances, your future

"As someone who has lived in a First Nations community, I know the financial struggle of living day to day with little money. EmpoweringU is teaching me how to manage and monitor my money."
– Taylor Galvin, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

The EmpoweringU Financial Wellness Program is available to assist students with setting financial goals, budgeting and debt management. The program includes workshops, speaker sessions and other resources to help you make informed financial decisions to manage the costs of your education

  • $7,400

    Approximate total cost of first year for domestic students, in Canadian dollars

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    Approximate first year domestic tuition and student fees

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    Approximate annual cost of textbooks and supplies

Getting involved

At UM, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, stay active, meet new people and build meaningful relationships.

  • Two students study together inside Migizii Agamik.


    The Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program helps first-year students transition to university life by promoting student engagement and a sense of belonging on campus. Connect with current students and familiarize yourself with campus with the support of a mentor.


  • Three indigenous students stand together, wearing Indigenous Circle of Empowerment jackets.


    The University of Manitoba is committed to providing all students with opportunities to reach your leadership potential. Join the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE), a student leadership development program rooted in culture and focused on self-development and community engagement.


  • Participants of Orange Shirt Day march together at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus.


    The University of Manitoba is committed to the journey of Reconciliation and to advancing Indigenous rights, research and scholarship. Explore the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which houses the largest collection of Indigenous oral history and documents on the residential school system and its legacy in the country.


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    Student clubs

    Connecting with other students is an invaluable way of navigating your academic journey and feeling a sense of community during your studies. Several groups have been established by and for Indigenous students. Join them to explore peer-to-peer support as well as resources for academic, financial, emotional and spiritual needs.


  • Several people inside the Active Living Centre using cardio equipment.

    Recreation services

    UM's Recreation Services has more fitness and recreation options for members than any other facility in the province. Intramural sports such as dodgeball, floor hockey and inner-tube water polo provide great opportunities to meet people, test your abilities, relieve stress and have fun.


  • Excited students in the crowd cheering on the Bisons.


    Join the herd and cheer on the Bisons with your friends. Sports to watch include basketball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming, track and field, and volleyball. Contact the coach of your sport of choice for information about trying out for a Bison Sports team


It is by facing challenges that I grow the most. It pushes me to grow as a person, personally and academically. Throughout my career now, I consistently want to find challenges.
Carter WilsonFirst Nations, Asper School of Business

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Indigenous Student Recruitment

Room 424 UMSU University Centre
66 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2