In the Access Program, you'll follow first year pathway alongside other new 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. 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 helps you transition into post-secondary education by offering pre-orientation activities, academic learning support, advising, peer mentoring and special events.
"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
The Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE) is a second year and up student leadership development program rooted in culture and focused on self-development and community engagement.
"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 connect with my Indigenous culture even further."
– Gillian McIvor, Max Rady College of Medicine
Ongomiizwin Education is a welcoming space for Indigenous students enrolled in health professional programs.
Located on the Bannatyne campus under the direction of Elder-in-residence Margaret Lavallee, Ongomiizwin 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 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
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.