Participants in Orange Shirt Day march together at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus.

Community partners Working together

Working collaboratively with external partners to create opportunities for all to understand the historical and ongoing impacts of colonization, to advance research on Indigenous matters and to develop meaningful and reciprocal relationships with Indigenous peoples are all part of UM’s commitment to reconciliation.

  • University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David Barnard signs the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint.
  • Indigenous Education Blueprint

    Manitoba's post-secondary institutions and public school boards are working together to make our province a global centre of excellence for Indigenous education, research, languages and cultures. Together we have developed and committed to the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint, making excellence in Indigenous education a priority. 

    On Friday, December 18, 2015 Manitoba's six universities, three colleges, and the Manitoba School Boards Association came together on Treaty One Territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation to sign the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint.

    Since the signing of the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint a steering committee has been established to  direct the development of the Five-Year Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint Implementation Plan: 2016-2021. Members of the Steering Committee are representatives of the educational partners who signed the blueprint, the Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools, the Louis Riel Institute, the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, the Manitoba Inuit Association, and the government of Manitoba.

  • Manitoba Aboriginal Languages Strategy

    This strategy was created to revitalize, retain and promote the seven Aboriginal languages of Manitoba. UM is a partner representative, working with the four co-lead organizations and other partner representatives including grandparents from each of the Manitoba Aboriginal languages groups, representatives of leaders from the First Nations, Inuit and Métis education organizations, provincial school divisions and post-secondary institutions. Together this partnership explores joint work and resource sharing, identifies key issues and opportunities for ensuring Aboriginal language education, teacher training and the development of education programs and services in Aboriginal languages.

  • President Barnard signs the City of Winnipeg Indigenous Accord on behalf of the University of Manitoba during the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks.
  • Winnipeg's Indigenous Accord

    On June 20, 2017, David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor joined Mayor Bowman and dozens of partners at the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks, where he signed the City of Winnipeg Indigenous Accord on behalf of the University of Manitoba.

    The Accord is aligned with the vision that the University of Manitoba’s role in reconciliation and its commitment to Indigenous achievement are central to the kind of future the university seeks to create.

    The partner guide for the Accord states that it is not a single event, rather an ongoing responsibility accepted by key individuals – and the communities they represent – who sign the Accord to report the success of their commitment and future goals for reconciliation every year.


Reconciliation happens when we gather, share stories, share traditions and learn more about what it means to reconcile with our past while moving forward together in a good way. Check out our events calendar for events. Most are open to all and free to attend.

Contact us

Indigenous Student Centre

1-800-432-1960 ext. 8850

Indigenous Engagement and Communications

Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous)