MDP in Indigenous Development

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MDP graduates 2019

Taylor Wilson and Courtney Bear in the Science Building

NIEEF Indigenous Scholarship winners Taylor Wilson (left) and Courtney Bear (right)

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MDP Orientation in Fisher River Cree Nation

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Gabriela Jimenez at her field placement with FNHSSM PEKE


Jasmin Winter at her field placement with We Are Oceania

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Paige Sillaby in her field placement at NORDIK





Human rights. Climate change. Land and territory. Biodiversity. Water. Language and heritage. Natural resources. Social inclusion.  Economic disparity. Disease. Population. Sovereignty. There is no fundamentally important political, social, economic, and cultural issue of our time that does not affect, and that is not affected by, Indigenous Peoples. And there is no development process that can unfold successfully without understanding Indigenous ways of life and Indigenous world views. That is why the core of the University of Winnipeg Master’s in Development Practice program integrates fully and seamlessly the theory and practice of development with the experience of Indigenous culture and knowledge.

The Master's in Development Practice program (MDP) is an innovative professional degree offered by a network of over thirty leading universities on six continents. At the University of Winnipeg, the MDP uniquely focuses on Indigenous development - the only MDP program to focus on how Indigenous knowledge and experience can help shape a sustainable path for development, rooted in culture and identity. 

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