Land and Water: Land-based Education
Location: Online, Winnipeg and surrounding area
Number of students: 12–18
How to apply: All students are welcome to apply; Indigenous students will be prioritized. Indigenous youth (18-35) who are not enrolled at the UM are also encouraged to apply. See FAQs below for more information.
Apply by: October 15th
The Land and Water program runs from November to June. During November, December and January, we'll participate in immersive urban land-based experiences, as well as engaging online workshops and activities with Indigenous elders, knowledge holders and artists. From February to June, we’ll share what we’ve learned with high school youth in classrooms and on the land, as COVID-19 policies allow! This program is a great opportunity for urban Indigenous youth and students, 2S/LGBTQ+ youth and students, UM students and others to learn about Indigenous peoples enduring relationships with urban land and place.
- Learn on, from and about the land,
- Learn about your gifts and roles in protecting and defending land and water,
- Develop a sense of place and belonging, and
- Spend time with elders and knowledge holders, and engage in ceremonies.
Applications will be reviewed after October 15. The program begins in November with an orientation to the program, a brief introduction to land-based education, and a casual meet-and-greet for the post-secondary team (UM students and Indigenous youth). The post-secondary team participates in workshops, social events and ceremonies led by Indigenous elders, knowledge holders, artists and others throughout the year. During the Fall Term break (November), the post-secondary team engages in “This is Indigenous Land” workshop series, a mix of virtual and in-person activities, as COVID-19 policies allow. From February to June, the post-secondary team helps co-facilitate monthly full-day land-based field trips for high school youth. The program concludes in June with an overnight camping trip.
Orientation (3 hours)
This is Indigenous Land workshop series during Fall Term break/November (4 workshops, schedules based on participant availability)
December and January
Virtual and in-person workshops and community-building events (bi-monthly, 2-3 hours each)
February to May
Monthly, full-day land-based field trips (6-8 hours)
Field trip prep, including program brainstorming, co-facilitation planning, day-of check-ins and debriefs (1-3 hours)
Virtual and in-person workshops and community-building events (monthly, 2-3 hours)
Overnight camping trip (2-3 days)
Our past experiences
The Land and Water program is different every year! Programming and activities take participant interests into account. Past in-person and virtual programming has included:
Immersive land-based experiences
- a medicine walk through the urban Assiniboine Forest
- an elder-led tour of the Bannock Point petroforms in Whiteshell Provincial Park
- a day trip to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
- making bannock and three sisters soup
- snow-shoeing and Indigenous games
- beading, painting, moccasin-making, screen printing and more
- attending art galleries and museums
About our partners
This program would not be possible without the support and involvement of dedicated elders and knowledge holders, such as Albert McLeod, Charlotte Nolin, and others. Past Land and Water guest artists and educators have included:
- Jenna Vandal, Audrey Logan, Justin L’Arrivee and Kakeka Thundersky
- Annie Beach, Bronwyn Butterfield and others
The Land and Water program is grateful for our ongoing and past partnerships with:
- R.B Russell Vocational High School
- Winnipeg School Division
- Aboriginal Youth Opportunities!
Program assistant Meghan Young is a Métis student currently working towards an Advanced Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies.
Nicki Ferland (she/her) is a two-spirit Red River Métis. She is completing a graduate degree in Indigenous land-based education focused on urban Indigenous women and two-spirit relationships with place and land in Winnipeg.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
All UM students and Indigenous youth (18-35) may apply. Indigenous students and youth will be given priority access to Indigenous land-based programming. While the majority of participants will be Indigenous students and youth, domestic and international students, full- and part-time students, graduate and undergraduate students, and others are also encouraged to apply.
Are there any hidden costs?
Programming is entirely free. Resource Kits will be distributed to participants for online programming. In-person activities, including delicious Indigenous-made meals, are covered too!
Our partner, the Winnipeg School Division (WSD), requires all participants to complete a Police Information Check (PIC) and Child Abuse Registry Check prior to student engagement (February to June). The WSD reimburses these costs, and the Land and Water program can help cover upfront fees as needed!