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Indigenization at the University of Winnipeg

Indigenous UWinnipeg


Children at a pow wow

Linda Tuhiwai Smith recieves a blanket at her HD Ceremony

Two women beading

President Trimbee and Indigenous Affairs staff at outdoor event

Indigenization is one of the strategic initiatives taken by the University of Winnipeg. The Office of Indigenous Affairs is, and has been, key in collaborating with administration, faculty, staff, students, and the community to ensure that campus Indigenization has a lasting and profound effect at the institution. 

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Photo of graduation sash. As the result of a student-led effort on campus, an Indigenous Course Requirement (ICR) was unanimously approved by The University of Winnipeg Senate, the body responsible for academic governance. All new and incoming students to the University of Winnipeg must fulifll the ICR. The decision exemplifies the University’s leadership in responding to the recommendations made in the final report of the seminal Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Office of Indigenous Affairs has also coordinated several campaigns and efforts that highlight the achievements of Indigenous academics and community members. Some of the examples of the initiatives that the Indigenous Affairs Office has done include, Indigenous Honorary Doctorate Recipients, The Star Blanket Mural Project, increased Indigenous presence at convocation, the Spring Feast, involvement in UWinnipeg Pride, supporting Indigenous faculty and staff, as well as the Weweni Indigenous Scholar Speakers Series to name a few.  

Since it's inception the Office of Indigenous Affairs has been active in creating space within the University to have important and necessary conversations about Indigenous experiences in Treaty One Territory and beyond, such as Inquiring Minds: Understanding the call for, roll of and limitations on an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 

Current work by the Office of Indigenous Affairs is informed by the fundamental Indigenous Inclusion Initiative and done in collaboration with many people on campus and off-campus through the Indigenous Advisory Circle


For more information about any of our current activities or general questions, please contact us.