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Encampment Updates

To keep our campus community informed, any updates regarding the encampment will be shared on this page.

Our priorities are the safety of our campus and the ability of students, faculty, and staff to continue their regular working and learning activities in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. We are carefully monitoring the situation and expect that everyone on campus will conduct themselves in a safe and respectful manner aligned with University policies.

Access to campus buildings
Campus buildings are accessible to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. You may be asked by security to show your ID.

Campus and encampment safety
The University’s primary concern is the safety of everyone on campus. Specifically, we want to make sure there are no fires, flames, heaters, or fuel sources such as propane in the encampment, since these would present a danger to the encampment and the wider campus. We also want to ensure those involved in the encampment are aware that the University’s insurance does not cover individuals while they are participating in unapproved activities on campus.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Past messages regarding the encampment 

May 12, 2024 – Message from the President

To the UWinnipeg community:

On Friday, May 10, the University shared a statement concerning the encampment that has been set up on campus.

I would like to reaffirm that the University remains fully committed to its core values of diversity, inclusion, and respectful dialogue. We oppose all forms of hatred, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia.

As a centre for higher learning, we take seriously our responsibility to foster safe spaces where challenging, yet meaningful discussions can take place. We respect the right to peaceful protest and assembly within the bounds of law and UWinnipeg policies.

However, setting up tents and other temporary structures on UWinnipeg premises without permission is in violation of established University policies, health and safety guidelines, and the law. Permission to establish the encampment was not sought or granted, and no advance communication of any kind was received.

Our priority is to ensure that students, faculty, and staff can continue to work and learn in a safe and respectful environment. The University is monitoring the encampment for any impacts on the health and safety of our campus community. To ensure the safety of all UWinnipeg community members, those seeking access to campus buildings will be asked to provide identification. Access will be limited to current students, staff and faculty and to visitors attending for a legitimate academic purpose.

I would like to thank our community for their continued commitment to inclusive, respectful dialogue. This is a difficult time for many. Any students in distress can access support from Student Counselling Services, and employees can access online counselling services through the Blue Cross Employee and Family Assistance Program. Additionally, anyone with safety concerns can contact our Safety and Security team.

Dr. Todd Mondor
President and Vice-Chancellor


May 10, 2024 – Statement on encampment on University grounds

On Friday, May 10, an encampment was set up on campus. The University’s Security Services Team is monitoring the situation carefully to ensure everyone remains safe. Spring term classes and other campus activities have not been interrupted. 

The University respects the right to peaceful protest and assembly within the bounds of law and UWinnipeg policies. Members of our campus community are free to protest on campus, but camping is not allowed. Setting up tents, temporary structures, or overnight encampments on UWininpeg property without approval from the University is prohibited. 

In addition, the University’s Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy requires that everyone on campus, including visitors, conduct themselves in a way that allows all members of our community to work and study in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. 

Our top priority is to ensure that students, faculty, and staff can continue teaching, learning, and research activities in a safe and respectful campus environment. Protesters who are not students, faculty, or staff will not be permitted access to University buildings. Students, faculty, and staff attending campus for classes or other University activities should bring their UWinnipeg ID with them to ensure they can access buildings as needed. 

We understand that this is an incredibly challenging time for many in our community. Any students in distress can access support from Student Counselling Services, and employees can access online counselling services through the Blue Cross Employee and Family Assistance Program

We thank our campus community for their understanding in this situation and encourage everyone to do their part to foster a safe and respectful campus environment for all.