Join a welcoming and supportive Indigenous community at UM. Watch as fourth year student Raven talks about the supports she’s accessed and benefitted from, including the Blankstein Momentum Program and the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment.
Indigenous Student Centre
You'll find a caring, supportive environment and staff who are eager to share their knowledge and guidance at the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC).
Talk with an Elder-in-Residence about your personal journey. Meet with an Indigenous student advisor for advice on your studies, finances or career through the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program, or explore your leadership goals in the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ISC).
Ease the transition into university with the Access Program. Small class sizes allow you to build lasting relationships and develop a strong peer support network. It’s just one of several programs to help you succeed. Others include the Engineering Access Program, the Pathway to Indigenous Nursing Education, 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
The Qualico Bridge to Success Program (QTBS) is here to help you transition into your first year of study at UM. QTBS offers pre-orientation activities, academic learning support, advising, peer mentoring and special events at no cost.
“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
Indigenous Circle of Empowerment
Develop strong leadership skills, connect with your culture and discover your strengths with the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE). ICE is a second-year and up student leadership development program rooted in culture and focused on self-development and community engagement. You’ll have the opportunity to expand your network, volunteer in the community, and work on impactful projects.
“Being a part of ICE has been an amazing experience. Not only have I grown as a leader in so many ways through meeting and learning from other Indigenous leaders in my community, but I have also been able to further connect with my Indigenous culture even further.”
– Gillian McIvor, Max Rady College of Medicine
If you’re pursuing one of UM’s health professional programs, Ongomiizwin Education provides a welcoming space to support you through your academic journey.
Located on the Bannatyne campus under the direction of Elder-in-Residence Margaret Lavalee, Ongomiizwiin Education offers a variety of programs and teaching sessions to meet the needs of students and to educate the university community about First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and cultures.
Health and wellness play a critical role in your success. UM offers a wide-range of services to support you as you work to balance your academic and personal lives. The Health and Wellness Office is a judgement-free space that is here to help you take control of your own health and make your own decisions throughout your academic journey at UM.
“I struggled with balancing the stress of life, school and health. It’s important that as students we learn it’s okay not to be okay. Reaching out for help and getting involved 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.
If you require childcare during your studies, UM has a licensed daycare centre that provides quality child care right on campus. The Campus Children’s Centre is a welcoming environment that celebrates a diversity of cultures and weaves traditional teachings into its curriculum.
Priority is given to Indigenous students. Care is available for children three months to six years. Be sure to register early, as spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
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.