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Aboriginal Student Services Centre (ASSC)

Indigenous UWinnipeg


Students talking in the ASSC


The Aboriginal Student Services Centre strives to create a sense of community for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students throughout their educational experience. The Centre’s mission is to provide a sense of belonging, a place to gather, and a hub for educational, cultural, and social activities. The student lounge includes a computer lab and locker and kitchen facilities and is open to students seven days a week from 7 am to 11 pm. Support services include individualized help with admission and registration, academic advising, and free tutoring to enhance academic success. The ASSC also maintains strong links with the broader Aboriginal community.

Transition Year Program on campus
The University of Winnipeg offers a Transition Year Program to help new students adjust to campus life. The program offers an orientation week, a ‘core’ academic writing course and one-on-one support to create a positive first year experience. Each new student is matched with a returning Aboriginal student mentor who helps them become familiar with supports and services as they adjust to University life. There is NO additional cost to enroll into the Transition Year Program.


Elders standing outside ASSC  Elders in Residence

  • The Elders in Residence are an integral part of the team. They provide personal counselling and guidance for Aboriginal students, and organize and facilitate cultural activities and teachings on campus. Five Elders from First Nations, Metis, and Inuit backgrounds are part of the The University of Winnipeg community.

  • Aboriginal Student Council (ASC)
    The students recognize the need to preserve and protect Indigenous heritage and distinct cultures through traditional teachings, language and through celebrations. Enhancing students' quality of life through academics, community building, recreation and leisure activities is another objective of the ASC.