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Student Awards

Indigenous Support at UWinnipeg

The horrific discovery of the remains of children at the former sites of Residential schools across the nation is a terrible reminder of the legacy of residential schools in Canada.

Families were torn apart as part of a systemic strategy to colonize Indigenous lands and “remove the Indian from the child.” All Canadians have inherited this legacy and must embrace their responsibility for reconciliation as the truth is uncovered.

The University of Winnipeg community stands with all Indigenous peoples as the depth of this tragedy is discovered and horrors, past and present, are brought to light. We are deeply committed to diversity, community inclusion and reconciliation.

Located downtown on Treaty One land, in the heart of the Métis homeland, UWinnipeg represents the diverse demographics of our province: 13 percent of incoming students identify as Indigenous and almost one-third of the student body identifies as from a racialized community. UWinnipeg has created numerous supports to remove barriers for non-traditional students such as an expanded campus daycare, contemporary affordable housing including family apartments, and targeted financial assistance and targeted scholarships and bursaries for what are considered at-risk communities with a major focus on removing barriers to education for members of the Indigenous communities. Below are some examples of our current available scholarships and bursaries which specifically support the Indigenous community although there are many more.

If you wish to support any of these funds you can donate here by searching the fund by keyword or contact Jolene Deere at j.deere@uwinnipeg.ca

The Opportunity Fund

The goal of the Opportunity Fund is to help ensure access to post-secondary education for everyone, regardless of background and socioeconomic status, and especially youth from inner-city neighbourhoods, Indigenous students, and young people from war-affected nations and refugee populations.

The Opportunity Fund provides a comprehensive approach that includes:

  • Opportunity Fund Bursaries for critical needs such as emergency child care, food, shelter and access to funds for students who are under-represented at university
  • Opportunity Fund Tuition Waivers for youth leaving the child welfare system, a program pioneered at UWinnipeg now being replicated across the country.

Aboriginal Student Services Centre Bursary

Established by the Aboriginal Student Services Centre at The University of Winnipeg, this bursary will be awarded to one or more current undergraduate students. Recipients must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and demonstrate financial need.

Indigenous Students Scholarship

General account for gifts made for Indigenous student award

The North End Family Award for Indigenous Students

This scholarship is given annually to the Indigenous student with the highest admission average entering The University of Winnipeg from a high school in Winnipeg's North End.  In addition to the award, the recipient will also receive a copy of Katherena Vermette's poetry collection North End Love Songs.

Dr. Tobasonakwuk Kinew Fund for the promotion of Culture, History and Language

This scholarship will be given to a First Nations student who demonstrates a combination of academic achievement, cultural activity and leadership. Preference will be given to a student who is recommended by the AVP Indigenous Affairs. This scholarship was established in memory of Tobasonakwut Kinew by his family, friends and colleagues. Dr. Kinew was a respected Anishinaabe leader and Elder, teacher and healer. A residential school survivor, Dr. Kinew was a longstanding advocate for the protection and implementation of treaty rights and increasing Indigenous participation and implementation of treaty rights and increasing Indigenous participation in higher education. This award continues Dr. Kinew's legacy by recognizing and encouraging students who follow in his footsteps in preserving and celebrating indigenous culture.

Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada Scholarships

This scholarship was established in 2010 in recognition of the important work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and to honour students who are descendants of survivors of residential schools or who themselves are residential school survivors. Two awards will be made annually, one each to a female and a male student. If there are no qualifying applications from a female or male candidate, then the scholarships can be awarded to two female or two male candidates.

Other UW funds which support the Indigenous Community:

Andris Taskans Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing

Collegiate "Women into Science" Bursary

The CN Model School Bursary

Grace Little Collegiate Bursary

The Swaity Shamattawa Bursary

The Swaity Opportunity Fund Bursary

Beck McIntosh Family Model School Bursary

The Jennifer Moore Rattray Award

John & Grace Little Opportunity Bursary

Carla Moore Award

The Honourable Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, PC, OC, OM and Ms Denise Ommanney Opportunity Fund

Chantal Kreviazuk Opportunity Fund Bursary

50th Anniversary Opportunity Fund Bursary

Pinnacle Staffing Opportunity Scholarship

The Taylor McCaffrey Opportunity Fund Bursary

Waapshki Pinaysee Inini White Thunderbird Man Bursary

Rev. Howard Gibson Bursary in Theology

Dr. Lawrence Whytehead Memorial Bursary

The BMO Financial-Model School Bursary

Grace Thomson Memorial Bursary

The Coca-Cola Inner-City Leadership Scholarship for Kinesiology & Applied Health

Indigenous Spiritual Care - HSC Bursary

Indigenous SCF - Henry Budd College

Margaret E. Nix & Slade C. Nix Entrance Scholarship

William James Millar Indigenous Scholarship

Yvonne Prefontaine Memorial Award in Politics

Philip Reece Memorial Bursary for Indigenous Students

Ross A. Johnston Indigenous Student Scholarship in Education

Ross A. Johnston Indigenous Student Award

Ethel May Lane Memorial Bursary

Jack Little Memorial Scholarship

Manitoba Association of School Superintendents Bursary

MTS Indigenous Student Bursary

Weweni Future Scholars Award

The Debra Blair Bursary

CPA of Manitoba Foundation Inc. Indigenous Business Scholarship and  CPA of Manitoba Foundation Inc

Don Daniels Scholarship in Indigenous Spirituality

The Julia Romanow-Bear Scholarship

Audreen Hourie Indigenous Governance Graduate Fellowship

MDP Field Placement Bursaries

The Duff Roblin Graduate Fellowships

Indigenous Studies Prize

Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz Indigenous Student in Science Scholarship

EMILI Masters of Science Award

Kiwanis Indigenous Bursary

Cindy Petrowski and Phil Marsh Bursary

Ken and Peggy French Fund

The Saul and Claribel Simkin Bursary

Cree/Ojibwe Language Prize

Fred Smith Memorial Scholarship in Education

Mark & Dorothy Danzker Bursary

Suzanne St. Yves Amani (Peace) Prize

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Scholarship

The Four Directions Indigenous Student Scholarship

Eli and Betty Gallant Memorial Bursary

Winnifred Gamble Bursary

John K. Macdonald Memorial Fund Award in Education

Harry E. Gordon, QC, Memorial Bursary

George A. Grierson Memorial Scholarship

Harington Fellowship (Rupert's Land Centre)

Dieter Hoehne Memorial Scholarship

Larry Morrissette Memorial Award

Indigenous Children's Literacy Fund

The Model School Trust

The Bryan Hobson Fund

President's Indigenous Enhancement Fund

President's Discretionary Fund

Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre

Jennifer and Mary Roblin Wii Chiwaakanak Homework Club Fund

Grant Richter's Community Athletics Program

CN Indigenous Centre Program and Operating Fund

Wii Chii Tea Fund

Sacred Seven - Healthy Relationship Program

Human Rights Speakers Bureau

The Miina Lamoureux Fund for Indigenous Expressions of Wellness, Safety and Education

RecPlex Access for All

Pathways to Education Fund

Pisim Finds Her Miskanow

Manitoba Metis Research

Merchants Corner Future Fund

Indigenizing University Spaces

Community Supporter Award

Rose Nolan Scholarship

The Santesso Prize

The McIntyre Prize

BMO Opportunity Fund Bursary

The Campus Indigenization Award

The Schroeder Foundation Scholarship

Director of Indigenous Inclusion Fund

Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP)

Indigenous History Essay Prize

Give the Lifelong Gift of Education

Establish your own scholarship or bursary at The University of Winnipeg. Learn how here.

Gifts will be graciously accepted through any of the following methods:

Donate Online
Visit donate.uwinnipeg.ca to make a secure credit card payment at your convenience.

Email Dallas Goulden at d.goulden@uwinnipeg.ca

Phone in Your Gift
P 204.786.9995 | TF 1.866.394.6050

Mail-in Your Donation
The University of Winnipeg Foundation
901–491 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3B 2E4

Donors who make a donation will receive a charitable tax receipt and will be acknowledged in the Foundations’ annually published donor list. All donations to the Opportunity Fund are eligible for matching through the Province of Manitoba’s Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI).