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Invest in Potential - Support MDP Students

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We welcome First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, non-Indigenous Canadians, and international students into our unique two-year Master’s degree program.

Students choose our multi-disciplinary, holistic program because they want to learn how to define development goals that address existing inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and emphasize Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determined development in Canada and around the world.

UWinnipeg is part of a prestigious international network of 28 universities on six continents that offer the degree of Master’s in Development Practice, all linked together through the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The University of Winnipeg’s focus on Indigenous Development makes it a distinctive degree program not offered anywhere else in the world.

Students build practical skills required for development through course work and importantly, first-hand from people engaged in Indigenous development through the two three-month required field placements. To date, our students have completed their Canadian placements with organizations and communities in places as diverse as Gitga’at Nation in Northern BC, Fisher River Cree Nation, Ottawa, and Winnipeg. Internationally, MDP students have learned from practitioners in countries such as the United States, Kenya, Nigeria, Nepal, Ghana, India, Mexico, Guyana, and Dominica.

MDP students

Our Grads

Our students are trained to be integrators. They are trained to understand multiple specialties and how they impact each other and excel at fostering collaboration. Integrators are in high demand. Some Employers of our MDP graduates include Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, Misipwastik Cree Nation, Canadian Red Cross, Peguis First Nation, Siloam Mission, Town of Churchill, and the First Nations Health Authority.

Please click here to support our students.

If you don’t want to make a gift online, you can also send a cheque to:

The University of Winnipeg Foundation
901 - 491 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E4


Call toll-free: 1.866.394.6050

Please make sure to mark your gift MDP and it will go towards supporting students in the program!

For more information please visit the following links:

APTN - Indigenous development solving problems in communities

MDP in Indigenous Development official homepage