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Indigenous Students

With 12% of the University student population declaring Indigenous ancestry, The University of Winnipeg is committed to offering a variety of Indigenous focus programs, research, scholarship opportunities and accessibility to a post-secondary institution.

How to Apply for Awards at The University of Winnipeg

Applying for awards at The University of Winnipeg is easy! Our applications will ask if you wish to self-declare as indigenous. Self-declaring on the application will ensure you are considered for all awards that fund indigenous students.

To apply for University of Winnipeg Awards now, please visit our Apply for Awards page!

FAQ: Do I need to have my treaty card, Métis card, or other identification documentation to self-declare as and indigenous student for The University of Winnipeg awards?

  • No, at this time we do not require you to upload documentation. We understand students may not always have documentation and ask you to self-declare.
  • Please note that other award opportunities external to The University of Winnipeg may require documentation. More on those in the External Awards section below.

External Awards Opportunities for Indigenous Students

There are many organizations that offer awards specifically to assist indigenous students. Here are a few opportunities below. You can find more opportunities to apply for outside the university on our External Awards page.

  • The Business Council of Manitoba Aboriginal Education Awards
    • Awarded to full-time students in Manitoba of indigenous ancestry with financial need.
    • Annual Deadline: March 31
  • Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Awards
    • Awarded to indigenous students currently enrolled in post-secondary studies.
    • Deadline: October 17, 2022 (opens October 3, 2022)
  • Indspire
    • There is one application for all of Indspire’s bursaries, scholarships, and awards
    • Annual Deadlines: February 1, August 1, November 1, at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Louis Riel Bursaries
    • For consideration, University of Winnipeg students are required to submit two applications:
      • UW online award application - complete and submit the General Application and indicate you are Métis. The application opens in mid-August.
      • LRI PDF application - the Louis Riel Institute confirms if applicants are eligible by verifying Métis ancestry or MMF membership through their application form.
    • The Louis Riel Institute confirms if applicants are eligible (by verifying MMF membership) and the university chooses the recipients.
    • Deadline: you must submit both applications by October 1
  • Mary Guilbault Metis Bursary
    • Awarded to Manitoba Metis post-secondary students with financial need who excel in academics and community.
    • Annual Deadline: October 1
  • MMF Post-Secondary Education Support Program (PSESP)
    • Awarded to full-time and part-time students who are registered MMF citizens or in the process of being registered.
    • MMF PSESP online application opens July 15, 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year.
    • Applicants for the PSESP are also required to apply for the Louis Riel Bursaries. See details above on when and how to apply.

Services and Support for Indigenous Students

For more information visit the Aboriginal Student Services Centre, or contact 204-779-UWIN.