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A Holistic Approach

Indigenous UWinnipeg


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Tansi, Aniin and Welcome!

The University of Winnipeg recognizes it is on Treaty One land in the heart of the Metis Nation.  The University is committed to offering a holistic approach to Indigenous academic success, nurturing scholarship, leadership, and partnership.  Approximately 12 per cent of University of Winnipeg students are First Nations, Metis and Inuit.  

In 2004, an Aboriginal Education Working Group led by First Nations and Metis faculty, staff, and students. resulted in a holistic and comprehensive Indigenous Education Strategy and a number of distinct initiatives.

The key to transformation at UWinnipeg is an implicit understanding that people are whole beings, and that only by taking a holistic approach to a student and their family can we properly serve and honour our commitment to education. 

Working together in partnership with First Nation and Metis governments, and the private and not-for-profit sectors, the University began to break down the barriers to post-secondary education.  Under the visionary leadership of former President, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, the University created the Opportunity Fund, a new stream of financial aid with fast turnaround and a simple application form, developed innovative academic programming that is relevant and respectful and meets the needs of Indigenous students and communities, changed the governance structure of the University to include an Indigenous Advisory Circle, built new day care and affordable housing, and began to work in a holistic way with thousands of First Nations and Metis students at the K-12 level to provide culturally-based free educational opportunities, summer camps and employment to address summer learning loss and close the graduation gap.  Most recently, responding to the needs of youth in care, UWinnipeg created the Tuition Waiver Program in partnership with the child welfare authorities and the Province, so that tuition is waived for youth raised in care who want to attend our University.  

Our goal is equity in the number of First Nation, Metis and Inuit students who complete university degrees, so that the percentage of Indigenous peoples with a university education is at least the same as the general population.  This means ensuring that Indigenous students have equitable access to attend university, achieve academic excellence, and successfully complete degrees, thereby strengthening Indigenous peoples and communities.