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Our goal

Ongomiizwin - Education's goal is to increase the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit health professionals in Manitoba.

  • Our mission

    Our mission is to support and enhance the potential for success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in the health education faculties and programs at UM’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences:

    • Dentistry
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Medicine
    • Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Pharmacy
  • Ongomiizwin - Education seeks to meet this goal through the following objectives:

    • To support students through providing culturally relevant academic and social resources and programming
    • To ensure opportunities for professional development and networking among students, faculty members and the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities
    • To create a culturally safe environment that will encourage individuals from Manitoba’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to pursue health careers.

Indigenous student mentorship program (Gekinoo’amaaged)

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Supporting each other

Gekinoo’amaaged, Ongomiizwin – Education’s student mentorship program, provides Indigenous students in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences with the opportunity to have a role model that learners can turn to for advice and offers a comfortable space to ask questions.



This two-part event – the first of its kind – where students from all five health professional colleges in the Rady Faculty can come together to make connections, build relationships, and start mentorship opportunities while learning about Indigenous health and traditional teachings.


SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019 · 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Sandy-Salteaux Spiritual Centre . 29 Dugard Road . Beausejour, MB

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019 · 8:00AM - 12:00PM

8-9am Breakfast: Ongomiizwin Education . S206 Medical Services Building

9am-12pm Presentations: Buhler Atrium . Brodie Centre . 715 McDermot Ave.

Land-based teachings and sweatlodge, followed by a feast
Incorporating Land Base Teachings into practice. Morning (half day)


This event is free and open to all. Please rsvp by February 25, 2019.

Call for abstracts

Abstracts for presentations are welcomed from students wanting to share about ways we can incorporate culture and ceremony into practice as health professionals.

Abstracts for presentations will be accepted until March 15, 2019.

For submission guidelines, please contact us at

For more information or to submit and abstract, email or call 204-789-3511

Medicine Garden (Mashkiki Gitigaan)

The Medicine Garden of Indigenous Learning is a welcoming place for people to meet, share and learn about the importance and value of traditional knowledge and medicines. Throughout the year, Elders host teaching circles in this space. The Medicine Garden of Indigenous Learning is located on the Bannatyne Campus, outside the former Pedway Restaurant. A Traditional Blessing of the land took place on June 20, 2014.

View the Medicine Garden playlist

Student membership

Membership at Ongomiizwin – Education is open to all First Nations (Status, Non-Status), Métis and Inuit students currently registered in a health professional program (dental hygiene, dentistry, medical rehabilitation, medicine, nursing and pharmacy) at the University of Manitoba. Membership gives you access to the programs, facilities and resources at the centre.

Apply for membership (PDF)

Working with Elders and Knowledge Keepers

Although cultural protocols may vary across Indigenous nations, they are recognized for their importance in keeping ceremonies sacred and preserving how knowledge is passed on. Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and the Ongomiizwin Institute of Health and Healing have worked together to create a list of recommendations meant to be a starting point for anyone who is new to engaging in cultural practices.

Meet our team

Contact us

Ongomiizwin – Education
Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
S206 Medical Services Building
750 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2