Background & Mission

Ongomiizwin Education is a place for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students enrolled in health professional programs to meet, study and explore careers and culture. Ongomiizwin Education provides a welcoming environment that assists students to meet their academic potential through a variety of culturally relevant programs, resources and supports.

The centre has a fully equipped computer lab, study space and resource library that are available to student members. Ongomiizwin Education's Elders-in-Residence leads a number of cultural teaching sessions, ceremonies and events throughout the academic year, and is also available for individual and group consultations by appointment.

There are three programs based in the centre:

Mission, Goals & Objectives

Our mission is to support and enhance the potential for success of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students in the health education faculties and programs at the University of Manitoba (dentistry, dental hygiene, medicine, medical rehabilitation, nursing and pharmacy). The goal of the centre is to increase the number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit health professionals in Manitoba.

Ongomiizwin Education seeks to meet this goal through the following objectives:

  • To support students through providing culturally relevant academic and social resources and programming
  • To ensure opportunities for professional development and networking among students, faculty members and the First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities
  • To create a culturally safe environment that will encourage individuals from Manitoba’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities to pursue health careers.