At the University of Manitoba, we are committed to providing a learning environment that promotes Indigenous student success.
More than 2,600 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students are already pursuing their goals at UM—and you can too! Experience outstanding programming, a huge variety of academic options and amazing travel opportunities. In this supportive environment, you’ll build friendships and connections that last a lifetime.
Indigenous student centre
At the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC), you’ll find a caring, supportive environment and staff who are eager to share their knowledge and guidance.
Talk with an Elder-in-Residence about your personal journey. Meet with an Indigenous student advisor for advice about your studies, finances or career. Make connections and learn alongside other students through the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program, or explore your leadership goals in the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE).
In the Access Program, you will follow a common first year pathway with other new Access students. Small class sizes allow you to develop strong peer support and build relationships before going into your second year. Apply by May 1.
It's just one of several programs to help you succeed as an Indigenous student. Others include the Engineering Access Program, the Aboriginal Nursing Cohort Initiative, Indigenous Business Education Partners and more.
“People here are our own cheerleaders, our big sisters and brothers, our little sisters and brothers. It’s hard to know where you belong and can feel safe. It’s here.”
– Kristin Flattery, Anishinaabe/Dakota, Faculty of Education
Qualico Bridge to Success
If you are a new Indigenous student, the Qualico Bridge to Success Program facilitates the transition into post-secondary education at UM by offering pre-orientation activities, academic learning support, advising, peer mentoring and special events.
"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, Faculty of Science
Health and wellness play a critical role in student success. UM offers a wide range of services that are available to you that support your wellbeing throughout your time as a student.
“I struggled with balancing the stress of life, school and health. It’s important that as students we learn it’s okay to not be okay. Reaching out for help, and getting involved in my culture were the best decisions I made. I’m thriving this year, now that I’ve learned new coping skills, management tools and have the support of the Indigenous community."
– Kirsten Fleury, Métis, Faculty of Science
Throughout your time at UM, you will enhance your transferable skills sought by employers such as leadership, communication and time management that can be applied in your future career no matter what field you choose.
UM Career Services advisors are in Migizii Agamik on a weekly basis. They can help you choose courses and programs that will lead you to a fulfilling career. Get the information you need for academic planning and develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.
Student Accessibility Services provides support for students with all kinds of learning and accessibility needs, including hearing, injury-related, learning, mental health, medical, physical, visual or temporary disabilities.
"Student Accessibility Services has aided me with the necessary accommodations to help me succeed by changing my environment, without which would cause me to be disadvantaged in the institution."
– Brandon Wozniak, Student and president of the Accessibility Centre
UM has a licensed daycare centre that provides quality child care. The Campus Children’s Centre is a welcoming environment that celebrates a diversity of cultures and weaves traditional teachings into its curriculum. Priority will be given to Indigenous students. Care is available for children three months to six years old. Be sure to register early, as spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.