COVID-19 (coronavirus) Indigenous student supports
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Staff are available through email and phone appointments; main phone lines and emails continue to be monitored. Contact the Indigenous Student Centre and Indigenous Achievement at email@example.com or 204-474-8850, and Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-474-8000.
Personal support and cultural support
Elders at UM are here to offer their support and can be reached via email or phone. Please call the Indigenous Student Centre at 204-474-8850 to make an appointment.
Counselling is available by phone for current UM students. To book an appointment with Dr. Natasha Ali for Thursday mornings or Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 204-474-8850 and leave your name, phone number (or email address) and student number.
Visit the counselling resources for students page for a list of on- and off-campus resources. Additional supports for Indigenous students include:
- Hope for Wellness Help Line, which offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. It is available 24-7 for counselling and crisis intervention. Call toll-free at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to its online chat.
- Talk4Healing is a culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women available in 14 languages all across Canada (formerly only offered in Ontario). Call toll-free at 1-855-554-4325.
Visit the COVID-19 information for students page for additional health, wellness and personal supports.
Most staff and services are still available by email or phone, but all offices are closed and in-person services and appointments are suspended until further notice, due to social distancing directives. Check the website of the office you want to contact for details on how to access their services or contact their staff.
Indigenous Student Centre advisors and program coordinators are available for phone appointments and/or to answer questions via email. To book an appointment, call 204-474-8850 or email email@example.com. You can also connect directly with an advisor from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
- Carla Lowen - 204-474-8850 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vanessa Lillie - 204-474-8850 or email@example.com
- Justin Rasmussen – 204-474-8850 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Denise Proulx – 204-474-8850 or email@example.com
- Laura Forsythe – 204-698-7479 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Learning Centre study skills and writing tutors are available to meet undergraduate and graduate students in live online sessions, or can review papers and send feedback via email. Visit their website to make an appointment or for more information.
Online learning resources are available and can provide you with strategies and resources for studying remotely.
For more academic resources, visit the COVID-19 information for students page.
Faculty-specific resources for Indigenous students
A summary of some Indigenous student resources within UM faculties is below; please call or email faculties directly to determine the best way to access their services.
- Aboriginal Nursing Cohort Initiative: email@example.com
- Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs: firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-474-8000
- Engineering Access Program:
- Indigenous Business Education Partners: email@example.com
- Inner City Social Work Program: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Native Studies: Native_Studies@umanitoba.ca
- Ongomiizwin – Education: email@example.com
The COVID-19 information for students page provides information on UM and general financial supports, including provincial and federal government resources (Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Manitoba Student Aid, Rent Assist, Employment Income Assistance, Canada Student Loans and Grants, etc.) and filing your taxes.
Visit the Government of Canada website for information on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) has compiled additional financial resources that may be useful if COVID-19 has impacted your work or income.
- Support from First Nations Bands, Tribal Councils and organizations – First Nations students can check with their Bands or Tribal Councils to see if they have created a COVID-19 emergency fund for people who are off-reserve.
- Manitoba Metis Federation Bridging Financial Support – Students may qualify if they are a Métis citizen who meet certain eligibility requirements. Visit the MMF website for more information and to apply.
- Manitoba Inuit Association – Though the Manitoba Inuit Association is closed, Inuit students may call the main line at 204-774-6848 and ask to be directed to Jenelle Sammurtok for urgent matters.
- Tunngasugit Inuit Resource Centre – Tunngasugit is closed until further notice, but Inuit Peoples can call their help line at 1-844-654-6848 and their outreach coordinator can answer questions and guide them to resources.
Please reach out to the ISC advisors and program coordinators with questions. To book an appointment, call 204-474-8850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect directly with an advisor from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the ISC staff page for contact details.
A partner of the ISC’s EmpoweringU Financial Wellness Program, Community Financial Counselling Services provides free, confidential advice and support if you are concerned about your financial situation and debt management.
Information on local food banks is available on the COVID-19 information for students page. Métis students may be eligible to receive a food hamper from the Métis Nation. To inquire, contact Métis inclusion coordinator Laura Forsythe.
A list of scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous students is available from Financial Aid and Awards. You can also read the Indigenous Student Newsletter for upcoming award deadlines.
Career Services provides career planning, employment resources, personal support and free career workshops (registration required). Be sure to check out their career resources for Indigenous students.
Indigenous Student Centre programming
All in-person programming offered by the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) is suspended until further notice. However, ISC staff are still available for support and assistance by phone or email. To book an appointment, contact the ISC at 204-474-8850 or email@example.com.
Visit each program’s webpage for more information:
- Qualico Bridge to Success – Applications for 2020-2021 are now closed.
- Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program – Applications for 2020-2021 are now closed.
- Blankstein Momentum Program – Applications for 2020-2021 are now closed.
- EmpoweringU Financial Wellness Program – Visit the program webpage for financial information and tips to help you develop financially smart habits and make confident, responsible financial decisions.
- Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE) – Applications for 2020-2021 will close on September 16.
- Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) – Graduate students can book an appointment with the Indigenous graduate student success coordinator at 204-474-8850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Métis inclusion programming – The Métis inclusion coordinator is available to support self-identifying Métis students and educate non-Métis peoples. Contact the coordinator directly at email@example.com or 204-698-7479. You can also follow ‘U of M Metis’ on Facebook for Métis lectures, films, cultural displays and scheduled video calls.