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Indigenous Student Resources


The University of Winnipeg offers a variety of Indigenous support services to assist First Nation, Métis and Inuit students in their adjustment to life at the University. Below is a list of off campus services as well.

Aboriginal Student Services Centre

The Aboriginal Student Services Centre (ASSC) offers a safe, educational and culturally sensitive environment for all Indigenous students (First Nation, Métis and Inuit) as they pursue their academic studies at The University of Winnipeg. The ASSC provides student support and resources that fosters resilience in students to succeed from the application process to Convocation.

A student lounge is located adjacent to the ASSC administration offices. With an 80 student capacity, the lounge provides a safe and quiet atmosphere and is equipped with study carousels, meeting area, computer lab, locker and kitchen facilities and the Aboriginal Student Council office.

Services include, but are not limited to: academic advising, cultural and social activities, student advocacy and assistance, tutoring, and mentorship.

For more information, please visit the ASSC.

Indigenous UWinnipeg

The Office of Indigenous Engagement provides a number of different events, programs, and supports for faculty, staff, students, and community members. They are a senior administrative unit that provides programming through the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, offers direct support to faculty, and works with a variety of stakeholders and Senior Administration to ensure Indigenous presence across the campus through the Associate Vice President of Indigenous Engagement.

For more information, please visit Indigenous UWinnipeg.

Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre

The centre’s primary focus is on educational and cultural programs that are rooted in Indigenous language and knowledge to support community learning and engagement. Through these programs and supports, the centre aims to develop and strengthen pathways for Indigenous students to University, a part of which includes partnering with local schools to facilitate STEAM programming with an Indigenous lens.

The Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre is open 5 days a week. Providing free and open access to the RBC Community Learning Commons (a computer lab with staff on-site to assist with anything from resume building and connections to other local resources), and an Indigenous-designed classroom accessible to community partners.

For more information, please visit Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre.

Student Wellness

For a list of student wellness services, please visit Student Wellness.

Circle of Life Thunderbird House

The Circle of Life Thunderbird House provides a loving environment where Indigenous teachings and ceremonies can be shared for the healing of all our relations. Their vision is that all people in Winnipeg will be able to gather with a circle of Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and others to share traditional Indigenous Knowledge and teachings while taking part in ceremonies that can help strengthen the bodies, emotions, minds, and spirits to support the Indigenous identity of our people, families, and communities.

For more information, please visit Circle of Life Thunderbird House.

Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.

Led by visionary community leaders and Elders who understood the significance of culturally-based and Indigenous-led services and leadership to social transformation, both on an individual and collective basis and who courageously and tenaciously set about the tasks of bringing their vision to action. Ka Ni Kanichihk provides a culturally safe environment where the greatness and gifts of all peoples are honoured and where our cultural practices and values are practiced and Indigenous people can “just be who we naturally are.”

For more information, please visit Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.