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  • Take Our Kids to Work Day - Bannatyne Campus

    Registration is now open

    Students are welcome to attend full-day programming to explore the many career and learning opportunities at the University of Manitoba as part of Take Our Kids to Work Day. Deadline to register: October 25.

    Please note, all programming is optional. Students can job shadow their UM host for the full day and not participate in the scheduled programming. In this case, there is no need to register; simply speak with your supervisor to make arrangements.

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Days of significance

To enhance our knowledge and create a shared understanding of our community the following calendar contains cultural, religious, national, and international Days of Significance. This is a living calendar; some dates will change from year to year according to various religious and/or cultural calendars. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

January to April

Jump to:

January 2023

January 1

  • Gantan-sai (Shinto New Year)
  • New Year’s Day (Christian-Gregorian Calendar)

January 4

  • National Ribbon Skirt Day (Canada)
  • World Braille Day (United Nations)

January 6

  • Epiphany (Christian-Julian Calendar)

January 7

  • Christmas (Christian-Julian Calendar)

January 13

  • Lohri (Hindu, Sikh)

January 14

  • Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
  • New Year’s Day (Christian-Julian Calendar)

January 15

  • World Religion Day (Baha’i)

January 16

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (United States)

January 22

  • Lunar New Year (Buddhist-Lunar Calendar)

January 24

  • Sadeh (Zoroastrian)
  • World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture (UNESCO)

 January 26

  • Vasanta Pachami (Hindu)

January 27

  • International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (United Nations)

January 29

  • National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia (Canada)

February 2023

Black History Month

Fist Full Week in February

  • White Cane Week

February 1

  • World Hijab Day

February 15

  • Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

February 18

  • Mahashivaratri (Hindu)

February 20

  • Louis Riel Day (Manitoba)
  • World Day of Social Justice (United Nations)

February 21

  • Losar/ Tibetan New Year (Buddhist)
  • Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

February 22

  • Anti-Bullying Day/ Pink Shirt Day (Canada)
  • Ash Wednesday (Christian)

February 26

  • Intercalary/ Ayyam-i-ha (Baha’i)

February 25-March 3

  • Black Women’s History Week (United States)

February 27

  • Clean Monday/ Lent Begins (Christian-Julian Calendar)

March 2023

Women’s History Month (United States)

March 1

  • International Wheelchair Day

March 1-19

  • Ala - Baha'i Fast (Baha’i)

March 7

  • Purim (Judaism)

March 8

  • Holi (Hindu)
  • International Women’s Day (United Nations)

March 8-10

  • Holla Mohalla (Sikh)

March 14

  • Sikh New Year

March 15

  • International Day to Combat Islamophobia (United Nations)

March 20

  • Spring Equinox

March 20-24

  • Anti-Racism Week (City of Winnipeg)

March 21

  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (United Nations)
  • Naw Ruz/ Baha’i New Year (Baha’i)
  • Nowruz (Islam, Zoroastrian)
  • World Down Syndrome Day (United Nations)

March 22

  • Ramadan begins (Islam)
  • World Water Day (United Nations)

March 25

  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (United Nations)

March 31

  • International Trans Day of Visibility 
  • National Indigenous Languages Day (Canada)

April 2023

Sikh Heritage Month

April 2

  • Palm Sunday (Christian) 
  • World Autism Awareness Day (United Nations)

April 4

  • Mahavira-Jayanti (Jain)

April 6 

  • International Asexuality Day

April 5-12

  • Pesach/Passover (Judaism) 

April 6-8  

  • Theravada New Year (Buddhist)

April 7

  • Good Friday (Christian)
  • World Health Day (United Nations)

April 10

  • Easter Monday (Christian)

April 12

  • International Day of Pink (Anti-Bullying and Anti-Homophobia/Transphobia)

April 14

  • Vaisakhi (Sikh)

April 15

  • Birth Day of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikh)

April 17

  • Yom HaShoah/ Holocaust Memorial Day (Judaism)

April 21

  • Eid al-Fitr (Islam)
  • First day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

April 22

  • Earth Day

April 30

  • Journey to Freedom Day (Canada)

May to August

Jump to:

May 2023

Asian Heritage Month/ Jewish Heritage Month

May 5

  • National MMIWG2S+ Awareness Day/ Red Dress Day (Canada)
  • Wesak - Buddha Day (Buddhist)

May 10

  • Bear Witness Day/ Spirit Bear Day (Canada)

May 17

  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

May 18

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 20

  • Asian Gold Ribbon Day (Stand in Solidarity against Anti-Asian Racism)

May 21

  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (United Nations)

May 24

  • Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
  • Pansexual and Panromantic Visibility Day

May 29

  • Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

May 28-June 3

  • National AccessAbility Week (Canada)

June 2023

National Indigenous History Month/ Filipino Heritage Month/ Pride Month

June 5

  • World Environment Day (United Nations)

June 18

  • International Day for Countering Hate Speech (United Nations)

June 19

  • Juneteenth (United States)

June 20

  • World Refugee Day (United Nations)

June 21

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)
  • Summer Solstice

June 23

  • National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism (Canada)

June 29

  • Eid al-Adha (Islam)

July 2023

Disability Pride Month

July 3

  • Guru Purnima (Hindu, Buddhist)

July 10

  • Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

July 14

  • International Non-Binary People’s Day

July 18

  • Nelson Mandela Day (United Nations)

July 19

  • Al-Hijra/Islamic New Year (Islam)

August 2023

August 1

  • Emancipation Day (Canada)

August 9

  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (United Nations)

August 13-15

  • Obon Festival (Buddhist)

August 19

  • World Humanitarian Day (United Nations)

August 23

  • International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (UNESCO)

September to December

Jump to:

September 2023

September 6

  • Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

September 10

  • World Suicide Prevention Day

September 15-17

  • Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)

September 19

  • Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

September 23

  • Autumnal Equinox 
  • Bi Visibility Day
  • International Day of Sign Languages (United Nations)

September 25

  • Yom Kippur (Judaism)

September 30

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/ Orange Shirt Day (Canada) 

October 2023

Women’s History Month (Canada)/ Islamic History Month

October 4

  • MMIWG2S+ Day of Awareness (Manitoba) 

October 10

  • Indigenous Peoples Day (United States)
  • World Mental Health Day (World Health Organization)

October 11

  • National Coming Out Day (International)

October 17

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (United Nations)

October 18

  • International Pronouns Day 

October 19

  • Spirit Day (2SLGBTQQIA+ youth awareness)

October 20

  • Installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikh)

October 26

  • Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
  • International Intersex Awareness Day

October 27

  • Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

November 2023

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

November 1

  • All Saints Day (Christian)

November 7

  • International Inuit Day (Inuit Circumpolar Council)

November 8

  • National Indigenous Veterans Day (Canada)

November 11

  • Remembrance Day (Canada)

November 12

  • Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikh)
  • Diwali/ Festival of Lights (Hindu)

November 12-18

  • Rock Your Mocs Week (International)

November 20

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 24

  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Ji (Sikh) 

November 25

  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (United Nations)

November 27

  • Birth Date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikh)

December 2023

December 1

  • World AIDS Day (United Nations)

December 3

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (United Nations)

December 6

  • National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women (Canada)

December 7-15

  • Hanukkah (Judaism)

December 8

  • Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

December 10

  • Human Rights Day (United Nations)

December 18

  • International Migrants Day (United Nations)

December 21

  • Winter Solstice

 December 25

  • Christmas Day (Christian-Gregorian Calendar)

December 26

  • Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian)

December 26, 2023-January 1, 2024

  • Kwanzaa (United States)


BRAID Network for Health Education. (n.d.). Days of Indigenous significance. (Internal UM intranet link.)

Deer, K. (2019, November 13). Indigenous people across Canada are rocking their mocs this week. CBC News.  

Health Sciences Association. (n.d.). Days of Significance 2023.  

PennState. (n.d.). Diversity calendar.  

United Nations. List of international days and weeks.  

University of Calgary. (n.d.). Religious observance dates.

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What we offer


Sure, you may have stayed in touch with your classmates or reconnected on social media, but nothing beats a face-to-face catch up to share stories, favorite memories, and life events. Our annual alumni events are a great way to create new memories, meet with new people and enjoy some laughs.

Internationally educated health professionals

Ten Thousand Coffees UM Café

UM Café is an online networking and mentoring platform powered by Ten Thousand Coffees. UM Café introduces students, alumni and industry partners to one another. They can then share a virtual cup of coffee and exchange knowledge and advice. Learn more by reading our story in UM Today.

Visit the UM Café site

Biomedical Youth Program

The Biomedical Youth Program (BYP) is science enrichment program that offers events and activities designed to bring students closer to the University experience.

BYP offers early-learning programming for children in Grades 1 to 3; after-school science programs for kids in Grades 4 to 12; student mentors to help with science fair projects; mobile labs that deliver hands-on activities to First Nations communities; and professional development workshops and seminars for Manitoba Science Teachers. All of these resources are provided at no charge.

Read more about the Biomedical Youth Program in UM Today.


Biomedical Youth Program (BYP) volunteers help enrich the lives of underserved students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, especially in the inner city, who may need additional help and guidance at home or school.

BYP offers a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers, including:

  • Saturday Science Club
  • Mentoring students for science projects or homework clubs
  • Annual Winnipeg School Division Science Fair - as a judge or activity leader
  • Annual Biomedical Youth Summer Camp - as activity or group leaders
  • School group science activities - engaging high school students in hands-on biotechnology experiments and prepping them for university

To become a volunteer with the Biomedical Youth Program, please complete the BYP volunteer online registration form.


Thank you for considering a gift to the Biomedical Youth Program (BYP) at the University of Manitoba. Your gift to the BYP can be designated to a number of high priority programs. Contact us to learn more about the many ways you can make a difference.

There are a number of ways you can donate - learn more by visiting

Summer Camp

The Biomedical Youth Summer Camp is an annual outreach initiative of the BYP that is held at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus.

Dates: The camp is usually held in the 3rd week of July of each year.
Where: University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus
Cost: Free of charge to students from Grades 5-12 who are interested in science

To learn more about BYP, please call us at 204-789-3580 or email

Inner City Science Centre

Niji Mahkwa elementary school is home to the high-technology science laboratories of the Inner-City Science Centre, bringing state-of-the-art science resources directly to the community. The centre is part of a community-based collaboration between the Winnipeg School Division, Manitoba Education, the Winnipeg Foundation, and the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.

Read more about the Inner City Science Centre in UM Today.

To book the Inner City Science Centre, please email

Winnipeg School Division Annual Science Fair

The Winnipeg Schools’ Science Fair brings hundreds of Grade 4-12 participants to UM's Bannatyne campus every year. More than 400 students proudly present their scientific skills and await judging from members of the Faculty of Health Sciences and industry experts. Students are encouraged to identify, plan and solve a problem—or sets of problems—using science inquiry from one of the nine project categories, which include: automotive and engineering; biology; chemistry; computer and information technology; consumer science; earth and environmental science; physics and mathematics; social science; and sustainable development and innovation.

Read more about the annual science fair in UM Today.

Habitat for Humanity

Social responsibility and accountability are core values for Rady Faculty of Health Sciences’ learners, faculty and staff. We recognize that safe, affordable housing leads to positive outcomes, including improved health and well-being, education success and self-esteem. That's why Rady Faculty has taken part in four Habitat for Humanity builds since 2013, volunteering time and raising money, as well as contributing build space on our Bannatyne campus.

Read about our most recent build in UM Today.

Social accountability committee

The Social Accountability Committee supports Rady Faculty of Health Sciences in its goal of being accountable to the social realities of the community in which one lives and serves.

Social accountability committee leadership

Co-chairs: Ian Whetter and Christine Ateah; Administrative support: Brenda Peterson

University of Manitoba representatives


Julie Pfeffer and Nader Shaker (student rep)

Interdisciplinary Health Program

Parneet Kaur Sabhi (student rep)


Ian Whetter and Cathy Tat (student rep)


Tyla Turman and Sheryl Demetrioff (student rep)


Dana Turcotte and Cole Janke (student rep)

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Christine Ateah, Karen Cook, Margaret Lavallee, Elders

Rehabilitation Sciences

Lisa Diamond-Burchuk and Student Rep Sara DePottie (student rep)


Ricardo Soriano (Accreditation unit representative) / Marcia Langhan

Community representatives

Uzoma Asagwara, Queer People of Colour (QPOC)

Michael Champagne, Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO)

Shohan Illsley, Manitoba Harm Reduction Network (MHRN)

Jodie Jephcote, Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC)

Allen Mankewich, Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC)

Felicien Rubayita, Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Counci (MIIC)

Janet Trans, Trans Manitoba

Jenna Wirch, Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO)

Partner organizations

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences is proud to partner with organizations across the city and beyond, including the groups listed below.

  1. 0-9

  2. A

    1. Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre
    2. Agape Table
  3. B

    1. B & L Resources for Children, Youth and Families
    2. Bear Clan Patrol
    3. Biomedical Youth Program (BYP)
    4. Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Inc.
    5. BridgeCare Clinic
    6. Broadway Neighbourhood Centre
  4. C

    1. CKUW.95
    2. CanU
    3. Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
    4. Canadian Red Cross
    5. Child Protection Centre (Health Sciences Centre)
    6. Child and Family Services
    7. Children's Hospital
    8. Community Financial Counselling Services
    9. Community Public Health
  5. D

    1. Deer Lodge
    2. Department of Families, South Winnipeg
  6. E

    1. Ethio-Canadian Cultural Academy
    2. Extendicare Vista Park Lodge
  7. F

    1. Fort Garry Women’s Centre
  8. G

    1. Good Neighbours Active Living Centre Inc.
    2. Government of Manitoba, Disabilities Issues Office
  9. H

    1. Habitat for Humanity
    2. Healthy Child Manitoba
    3. House of Peace
  10. I

    1. Immaculate Heart of Mary School
    2. Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)
    3. Independent Living Resource Centre
  11. J

    1. Jacob Penner Park
  12. K

    1. Klinic Community Health
  13. L

    1. Let’s Talk Science
    2. Louis Riel School Division
  14. M

    1. Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
    2. Manitoba Federation of Labour Occupational Health Centre (OHC)
    3. Manitoba Harm Reduction Network (the 595)
    4. Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (MIIC)
    5. Misericordia Health Centre
    6. Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Centre
    7. Mount Carmel Clinic
  15. N

    1. National Aboriginal Diabetes Association
    2. Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services Inc. (NEEDS)
    3. Niji Mahkwa
    4. Nine Circles Community Health Centre
  16. O

    1. Opikihiwawin, New Directions
  17. P

    1. Pan Am Place
    2. Pathways to Education
  18. Q

  19. R

    1. Rainbow Resource Centre
    2. River East Personal Care Home
    3. Riverview Health Centre
    4. Rossbrook House
  20. S

    1. Salvation Army
    2. Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition
    3. Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC)
    4. Siloam Mission
    5. Special Olympics
    6. Spence Neighbourhood Association
    7. St Matthews Maryland Community Ministry
    8. Sunshine House
  21. T

    1. Teen Talk
    2. The Birth Centre
    3. The Salvation Army
    4. Transcona Council for Seniors Inc.
    5. Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc.
  22. U

    1. University of Manitoba, Disabilities Studies Office
  23. V

  24. W

    1. WISH Clinic
    2. West Broadway Community Services
    3. West Broadway Youth Outreach
    4. West End Women’s Resource Centre
    5. Winnipeg Aboriginal Sports Association
    6. Winnipeg Harvest
    7. Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Healthy Sexuality & Harm Reduction
    8. Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub (WRENCH)
    9. Winnipeg School Division 1
    10. Winnipeg School Division 2
    11. Wolseley Family Place
    12. Women's Correctional Centre
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  26. Y

  27. Z

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