Indigenous Graduate Student Support

Indigenous Graduate Student Support at the University of Manitoba


The Office of Indigenous Engagement and Indigenous Student Centre are now offering SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement) UM programming.  


SAGE offers holistic programming that supports your cultural, academic, personal and professional development throughout your master’s-level and doctoral studies. Programming is open to all graduate students who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit or Native American.


What is SAGE?


In many traditional Indigenous cultures, sage is a common medicine used for ceremonies. The medicine is burned with fire and the smoke is used to cleanse a person in preparation for ceremonies and teachings. It is also used to cleanse spaces and to clear away negative energies from one’s mind.


The goal of SAGE programming, then, is to be an emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual connection between you, your peers, your institution, and your communities.


The SAGE initiative began as a pilot project with five participating universities in British Columbia in 2008. Born out of a need to create a supportive environment to first help undergraduate students transition into graduate programs – and then support them through the duration of their program– the idea has since been embraced by other post-secondary institutions across Canada. Creating a network of Indigenous graduate students across Turtle Island is an overarching goal of SAGE programs across the country.


Who can join SAGE?


Any student who is currently registered in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Manitoba, and who identifies as First Nations, Métis, Inuit or Native American, is welcome to participate in SAGE programming.


What kind of programming does SAGE offer?

SAGE programming is organic and evolving according the priorities of students who are in it. Some of the activities are:


·       Lunches/dinners
·       SAGE Café — a weekly coffee gathering
·       Writing retreats
·       Cultural activities
·       Ceremonies
·       Elders’ teachings
·       Indigenous-focused research workshops
·       Research presentations
·       Various social activities
·       Family-friendly events




You may also find the following resources helpful:

Indigenous Connect

Indigenous Student Centre

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Database

University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association

Health Sciences Graduate Students’ Association

Academic Calendar – Graduate Programs

Ongomiizwin – Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing

Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series

Fireside Chats

Indigenous Events Calendar

Department of Native Studies Colloquium

Rising Up (graduate student conference on Indigenous knowledge and research)


Indigenous Graduation Scarves


Child Care

Academic Learning Centre


Who can I contact for more information about SAGE or to sign up for the SAGE email list?

Ashley Edson

Indigenous Graduate Student Success Coordinator