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Qualico Bridge to Success Program

Supporting first year Indigenous student success

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) is pleased to offer the Qualico Bridge to Success program (QBTS). The goal of this program is to facilitate the transition of new Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, Métis) students into post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba by offering pre-orientation activities, academic learning support, advising, peer mentoring and special events that will enhance the first year experience. There is no cost to participate in this program.

The QBTS program nurtures the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional strengths of Indigenous students so they can be as successful as possible in their first year of study. 

Who is considered a QBTS student?

Any student who applies to participate in the program is considered a QBTS student. A QBTS student who completes three or more activities between August to April will be considered as completing the program successfully. Being a successful QBTS student at the end of the academic year will qualify students for one of four $1000 tuition prize draws. The recommended core activities are to attend a boot camp, have a mentor through the Neechiwaken program and register for the QBTS section of ARTS 1110. These are the most popular program components! There are also incentives offered throughout the year for attendance at workshops, advising programming and Indigenous Student Centre events.

Activity examples (not a complete list):

  • Attend online Qualico boot camp sessions
  • Enroll in reserved lecture/lab section of ARTS 1110 
  • Join the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program
  • Attend at least one appointment with our reading specialist
  • Attend a Career Planning Workshop organized for QBTS
  • Attend a Virtual Study Hall or a Migizii Agamik Study Night
  • Attend a cultural learning workshop organized for QBTS
  • Attend a wellness activity organized for QTBS

ARTS 1110 (Introduction to University)

ARTS 1110 is designed to help students make the transition to university by imparting the knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite for success in university study, including how to write an academic paper.

In the Fall 2023 term, QBTS students can take a reserved section of this course (more details to come). Registering for this QBTS section will require special permission.

Please contact Bailey Hendry at to request permission. She will send you the permission form needed for this course (and will send it to applicants when they apply to the program).

The benefit of the QBTS section is that students get to learn with the same group of students during the Fall 2023 term during the lab portion of the course. The QBTS facilitator will check in on the class periodically and keep track of progress.

Note: The QBTS ARTS 1110 course is not offered in the winter term.

Qualico Boot Camp

Want a pre-orientation to university before university starts? Join a Qualico boot camp! This summer, the boot camp is organized into one day (with multiple dates to choose from). Students can expect to receive detailed information about the Indigenous Student Centre and other campus resources; meet other new students, staff members and faculty; and learn tips about what to expect in the upcoming year. Students will also learn about community-building and cultural learning opportunities, as well as information about Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program. There is no cost to participate, and attendees will be sent more information on dates, times, and location after registering. This will be fun and informative, with lunch provided and prizes to be won!

How to apply to QBTS

Interested applicants are welcome to contact the Indigenous Student Centre at any stage of the admission process. There is no cost to join this program and all program components are free except for the associated tuition costs for ARTS 1110. 

Benefits of the Qualico Bridge to Success Program:

  • Be part of your student community
  • Dedicated student advisor support
  • Opportunity to access supplemental academic resources
  • Opportunity for financial wellness learning
  • Participation can be included on applications for scholarships, bursaries or jobs

FAQs on applying

  • Students can join if they are full or part-time students
  • Students can attend a boot camp in September even if starting classes in January
  • Students can be part of the program if they cannot attend a boot camp
  • A QBTS section of ARTS 1110 is not offered in the Winter Term
  • Students interested in applying for the QBTS in the Winter Term can request a paper application

Contact us

Have questions about the Qualico Bridge to Success Program?

Please contact:

Bailey Hendry
Student Advisor, Qualico Bridge to Success Program Coordinator
Indigenous Student Centre

Indigenous Student Centre
Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge
114 Sidney Smith Street
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
(204) 474-8850
1-800-432-1960 ext. 8850 (toll-free in Manitoba)

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