An update on ICE:

Indigenous Circle of Empowerment Logo with a medicine wheel and four feathers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to change the way we live, learn, and interact with one another. A move to virtual methods of learning in post-secondary institutions has been necessary to ensure the health of our communities and loved ones. We have demonstrated our resilience to accomplish the essential work in our new reality. Some aspects of our pre-pandemic lives have migrated very well to virtual environments, while others have not translated well at all.

The Indigenous Student Centre has concluded that the outstanding leadership experiences that ICE has provided to students for the past ten years cannot be delivered through virtual mediums. The relationship building, shared experiences, community engagement, and ceremony can only be realized by being present in the real-world. It is for this reason that we have decided to take a step back and put a pause on ICE until it is safe to gather again.

We do not want to deliver a less-than-superb experience in leadership to you. We value your time. We do not want to waste it. I hope all of you will use the time that you would have spent on ICE this year to rest, reflect, check-in on loved-ones, give yourself more time to study, or help your community (however you define it) in a way that is meaningful to you. You are the leaders we need now more than ever and this is the time to do the work of leaders.

If you submitted an application, I thank you for your interest in the program and for your time.

I welcome all of your comments and questions. I am here to listen to your concerns. I am also here to listen if you would simply like to talk.

The Indigenous Circle of Empowerment will return better than ever.

Take care and stay healthy!

Marsi! Kinanâskomitin! Miigwech! Pidamaya do! Mąhsi! Qujannamik!

Indigenous Circle of Empowerment is on pause until we can meet again in person. 

How do I know if I’m eligible?

To apply to become a member of ICE, you must:

  • be an Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) student with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework
  • maintain at least 60 per cent of a full course load

What students say about ICE

"ICE has significantly increased my confidence in all aspects of life. It has allowed me to strengthen both my personal identity and my Indigenous identity, and now I have a greater understanding of my purpose in life. ICE has given me the opportunity to meet life-long friends, connect with inspirational leaders in the community, increase my communication skills and to travel. It is a comforting and safe place to retreat when life gets overwhelming,"

-Gabrielle Wilson (recent Faculty of Science graduate, accepted into the Doctor of Medicine program in the Max Rady College of Medicine)

"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. This program is great for Indigenous students that are looking for ways to get involved in the community on campus and meet other leaders that empower them."

-Gillian McIvor (student, Faculty of Science)

"I love ICE! This program has helped develop my leadership skills, alongside some of the most incredible individuals I have met on campus. My favourite memories are rooted in the many opportunities afforded to us: attending sweats, learning about culture, volunteering, meeting the mayor, learning from phenomenal guest speakers, practicing public speaking and off-campus team-building fun. I even got to travel to Montreal in 2017 and Ottawa in 2018 to attend meaningful conferences in my field of study. This circle encourages, inspires, and gently pushes us to be our very best. I'm grateful to be a part of it."

-Charlene Hallett (student, Family Social Sciences program)

"The Indigenous Circle of Empowerment provides a safe space on campus to excel. Space where you are surrounded by driven, successful Indigenous students striving to improve not only their lives but also the lives of others. The collective lifts each other up by providing support and celebrating accomplishments. Each meeting, we grow as individuals while making connections in industry, politics and the academy. I have thoroughly enjoyed both of the years I have been involved in ICE and look forward to years to come."

-Laura Forsythe (Master of Arts, department of Native Studies)

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Contact us

Dr. Justin Rasmussen
Indigenous Student Centre
Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge
114 Sidney Smith Street
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada