Panoramic view of the Eastern Transportation Corridor located at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus

Join this virtual, collaborative two-day workshop experience for University of Manitoba undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni taking place May 13 and 14.

In the workshop, participants will consider ideas and create concepts for three seating and wayfinding nodes along the multi-use path, and develop a strategy for the overall wayfinding and interpretive signage along the corridor. Presentations and guidance from mentors – including members from the Indigenous campus community, faculty and industry professionals – will support students in creating their proposals.

The deadline to register for this event has been extended to May 11.


Thursday, May 13

9:00 a.m. Welcome

Land Acknowledgement
Opening Prayer
Overview of day
Opening poem by Duncan Mercredi, Poet Laureate (2020-2021)

9:30 a.m. Project overview and housekeeping

Eastern Transportation Corridor at the University of Manitoba 

Presented by Vanessa Jukes Strutt, Project Manager, Architectural and Engineering Services

Participants will gain an understanding of the site, its location and the project goals. The Indigenous Planning and Design Principles (IPDP) will be introduced and integrated throughout the workshop. The principles have been established to guide planning and design on all University lands and campuses:

The various components of campus planning and design are not isolated entities, but interdependent and interconnected. An Indigenous way of seeing/being that recognizes the interdependence of all things underlies the principles. Effective planning must recognize that all components of a place – such as the land, water, transportation networks, buildings, infrastructure, open spaces, and the people that inhabit it – are linked in complex ways. Each one affects the other, and they must be viewed holistically.



Goals and expectations of the collaborative workshop.


10:30 a.m. Break

Participants can use this time as a networking opportunity.

10:45 a.m. Cultural Landscapes: History of this Place

The Cultural Landscape of the Fort Garry Campus: Land, Use and Occupancy Prior to 1900

The new report entitled, 'The Cultural Landscape of the Fort Garry Campus: Land, Use and Occupancy Prior to 1900,' released by the campus planning office explores the pre-colonial history of the lands. The presentation will emphasize the Indigenous and environmental histories of the land on which the campus sits, making them visible and significant components of the landscape, and recognizing them as a crucial part of the campus’ culture, heritage and identity.

Presented by Jordan Mykietowich, University of Manitoba Alumini; Operations & Marketing Specialist, Intent Planning Group Inc. and Kevin Handkamer, Landscape Planner, Campus Planning Office

11:15 a.m. Group breakout session

Interdisciplinary workshop groups will form.

Workshop groups will begin Stage 1 - Project Inception and Initiation.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

Participants can use this time as a networking opportunity.

1:00 p.m. Water

Poem on Water by Duncan Mercredi, Poet Laureate (2020-2021)


Water Governance 

Presented by Dr. Stewart Hill, community member of Manitou Sakahigan (God’s Lake) First Nation; United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 Hub Working Group and Dr. Shirley Thompson, Professor, Natural Resources Institute; United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 Hub Working Group

The presentation will highlight interdisciplinary research on water systems which help to build sustainable, resilient communities in Manitoba and across Canada, including research with Indigenous communities, management of water quantity and quality issues and the impact of climate change on our water systems.

1:55 p.m. Group breakout session

Workshop groups will begin Stage 2 - Concept Design.

4:30 p.m. Pin up and reporting out

Each designated group leader will provide a brief five minute presentation on their group's progress.

5:00 p.m. Day ends

Develop action-plan for the second day of the collaborative workshop.

Friday, May 14

9:00 a.m. Welcome back

Brief review of the previous day.

9:30 a.m. Ecologies

Poem on Ecologies by Di Brandt, Poet Laureate (2018-2019)


~Owtsira Ohkara, Stories Across the Fire: Our Journeys Through Indigenous and Land-Based 

Presented by Dan Henhawk, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management and Jay Johnson, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

We would like to indicate that this is a work in progress, part history, part contemporary, part personal and part universal. With that, we would like to present to you a video that captured our words in a more natural environment.

In discussing the colonial haunting of Western outdoor recreation and outdoor education, Mullins, Lowan-Trudeau and Fox (2016) note how the privileging of western values related to the land, the appropriation of Indigenous practices and the perpetuation of uncritical celebration of European exploits is implicated in perpetuating neo-colonial understandings of Indigenous Peoples. They argue that to correct the “split head” of outdoor recreation and education, the engagement of Indigenous knowledge is critical, particularly with respect to the following core characteristics: a valuing of practical application and/or embodiment, the importance of relationality, a commitment to the ethical qualities of knowledge acquisition and knowledge sharing, and the valuing of wholistic expressions of personhood. Additionally, Paraschak and Heine (2020) advocate the potential for co-transformation through the shared understandings of ILBE. We align ourselves with these perspectives and we argue that ILBE is critical to a re-imagining outdoor recreation and outdoor education but that ILBE also has the potential to transform how we approach recreation and leisure studies to be more inclusive, to perhaps realize the transformative potential of leisure(s) to lead change and meet the calls for unabashed challenges to increasingly worrisome resurgences of xenophobia and oppression.

Through story, we will relate our shared journey and the history and future of Indigenous Land-Based Education in our Faculty, Kinesiology and Recreation Management and on campus. This discussion will relate the perspectives of 2 scholars at the University of Manitoba engaged in their own process of co-transformation, of learning about ILBE and searching for a way through the academic stronghold that privileges Western knowledges about leisure, sport and recreation. We would like to create a dialogue about the importance of ILBE and the imperatives we see for academic programs of recreation and leisure studies and the engagement of reconciliation. To do this, we relate our story, so far, that relates our struggles to define Indigenous land-based education and our increasing belief in the transformative power of Indigenous knowledge and ILBE. 


Raven Medicine Cloud

Presented by the Office of Sustainability

This Indigenous story map focuses on select landscape elements that are currently found along UM riverbank forests. The online story map features Wild Bergamot, Red-Osier Dogwood, Wild Red Raspberry, Stinging Nettle, Black Ash and Common Burdock. These species were selected by the Indigenous Land-Based Knowledge Working Group as important species to Indigenous cultures in Manitoba.

10:20 a.m. Group breakout session

Workshop groups will continue Stage 2 - Concept Design.

11:00 a.m. Creative Expressions on and for the Land

Poem on Creative Expressions on and for the Land by Duncan Mercredi, Poet Laureate (2020-2021)


Disrupting the Settler Landscape: Public Art as Indigenous Acts of Resurgence in Winnipeg

Presented by Honoure Black, Ph.D Candidate, Faculty of Architecture; Instructor, Environmental Design Program

The presentation will explore specific-sites of contemporary public art in Winnipeg that perform as powerful markers, to (re)claim, (re)placemake and (re)map the landscape such as: Niimaamaa (2019), by Jaimie Isaac, K.C. Adams and ValVint; Electrical Currents (2018), by Julie Nagam; O-ween du muh waun; We Were Told (2018), by Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero; and Rooster Town Kettle and Fetching Water (2019), by Ian August.


Voices of the Land: Indigenous Design and Planning from the Prairies

Presented by the Indigenous Design and Planning Students Association (IDPSA), Faculty of Architecture

The publication features 16 Indigenous students representing a range of nations across Turtle Island, and spanning all four departments in the Faculty of Architecture. The publication also features conversations with leading Indigenous designers and educators in the Faculty of Architecture.

11:50 a.m. Group breakout session

Workshop groups will engage in a brief activity.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

Participants can use this time as a networking opportunity and to explore other groups' progress.

1:00 p.m. Group breakout session

Workshop groups will begin Stage 3 - Detailed Design and Concepts.

4:00 p.m. Pin up and reporting out

Each designated group leader will provide a brief five minute presentation on their group's progress.

Wrap-up and next steps.

4:30 p.m. Closing remarks

Closing poem by Di Brandt, Poet Laureate (2018-2019)
Closing Prayer


  • Current Contact Information
  • Questionnaire
  • Complete
To allow for a care package to be delivered within Manitoba.

Steering Committee

Vanessa Jukes Strutt: Project Manager, Architectural and Engineering Services; MALA, CSLA, PMP

Michaela Peyson: Promotion and Outreach Assistant, Office of Sustainability; Master’s Candidate, Department of Landscape Architecture

Kale Kostick: Director (Acting), Office of Sustainability

Honoure Black: Ph.D Candidate, Faculty of Architecture; Instructor, Environmental Design Program, Faculty of Architecture

Christine Cyr: Associate Vice-President Indigenous – Students, Community and Cultural Integration

Laura Forsythe: Ph.D Candidate, Department of Native Studies; Métis Inclusion Coordinator

Ryan Gorrie: Senior Associate, Brook McIlroy; MAA, MRAIC

Kevin Handkamer: Landscape Planner, Campus Planning Office

Naomi Ratte: Master’s Candidate, Department of Landscape Architecture; Co-Founder Indigenous Design & Planning Students Association (IDPSA)

Grace Redhead: Executive Assistant for the Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Marla Robson: Indigenous Student Recruitment Officer

Maria Zbigniewicz: Environmental Specialist


Key plan

The Eastern Transportation Corridor (ETC) multi-use path connects to the existing pathway on the south side of campus along Freedman Crescent where it eventually reaches the Great Trail at King’s Drive. A future multi-use path connection is planned to connect the Wallace Building on the north side of campus to Southwood Lands, which will lead to the Great Trail connection at D’Arcy Drive 

Key plan


Tree planting plan

In the fall of 2020, reforestation of the corridor began with the planting of 230 trees along the multi-use path. The species composition focuses on native species such as cottonwood, bur oak, Manitoba maple and hackberry. Other species well suited to the growing conditions of the Fort Garry campus such as scots pine and silky white willow are included to increase diversity and resiliency of the urban forest.  

Tree planting plan


Wayfinding spaces

The ETC Collaborative Workshop will focus on concepts for the design of three (3) seating and wayfinding spaces along the pathway. Each space offers different views and connections with the campus lands including the Point Lands to the east and the Red River riparian corridor along the north side. Other points of interest along the pathway lend themselves to the design of future spaces, such as the river corridor along the south side of campus.  

Wayfinding spaces


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