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Indigenous Course Requirement

Indigenous UWinnipeg


Land-based learning at Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation, photo supplied

Land-based learning at Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation, photo supplied

Bison heard at ANPO-Bison Ranch near Rossburn, Manitoba

Bison heard at ANPO-Bison Ranch near Rossburn, Manitoba

Indigenous medicinal herbs

Indigenous medicinal herbs

gate at ANPO-Bison Ranch near Rossburn, Manitoba

gate at ANPO-Bison Ranch near Rossburn, Manitoba

The University of Winnipeg is proud to be one of the first universities in Canada to mandate that all incoming undergraduate students learn about Indigenous peoples and be exposed to Indigenous perspectives and worldviews.

Through the Indigenous Course Requirement (ICR), UWinnipeg graduates will have knowledge about Indigenous peoples and cultures. A student-led effort on cammpus, the ICR was unanimously approved by The University of Winnipeg Senate, the body responsible for academic governance. The decision exemplifies the University’s leadership in responding to the recommendations made in the final report of the seminal Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Students may choose from a number of three credit-hour courses in which the greater part of the content is local Indigenous material — derived from or based on an analysis of the cultures, languages, history, ways of knowing or contemporary reality of the Indigenous peoples of North America.

Since September 2016, approximately 1,500 students have enrolled in ICR courses, and many students describe the learning experience as an engaging and positive new opportunity.