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Indigenous faculty initiatives

  • The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management is dedicated to creating pathways to Indigenous achievement.

    The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Ininew, Anisininew, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

    We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of Reconciliation and collaboration.
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Commitment to Indigenous Engagement

Indigenous Faculty and Scholars


Sport Physical Activity and Recreation in the Community Certificate Program (SPARC)

This certificate program was created to build the capacity of First Nations schools and educational leaders to deliver quality physical education and recreation programming throughout communities in Manitoba. The courses are related to physical activity, sport, recreation, fitness, health and wellness, delivered with Indigenous perspectives and teachings and adapted for delivery in the community.

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Land-based Education Conference

Outdoor Land-based Education Conference (2019)

Elders, knowledge keepers, and educators converged to the grounds of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Aug. 28-29 to share and discuss ways to incorporate land-based education into post-secondary curriculums.

Sport and Reconciliation

Sport and Reconciliation Gathering (2018)

The inaugural Sport and Reconciliation Gathering at the University of Manitoba wrapped up Friday, Feb. 23 with a succinct message: sport fosters trust and belonging—but significant action is required to build mutually beneficial relationships to forge a path forward for Reconciliation to work. The emotional three-day forum explored ways to achieve the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s nine Calls to Action related to sport (#87-#91) and education (#62-#65) that will support the development of culturally relevant sport, recreation, and physical education systems. There's much more on this topic on UM Today.

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