Preserving the past.  Redefining the future.

University of Manitoba selected to house National Research Centre on Residential Schools

On National Aboriginal Day, the University of Manitoba signed a historic agreement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada making the U of M home to the National Research Centre (NRC) on Residential Schools.

This research centre starts a new and critically important conversation about the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, moving our nation on a path of reconciliation and healing.

Statements of former Residential School students form the heart of the NRC. Their testimony, along with government, church and family records, create a unique participatory archive managed through professional stewardship.

The centre will be available to human rights scholars from around the world. Innovative digital technologies will allow Survivors, scholars and others to use the records to tell many stories: the story of Residential School Survivors, families, communities, schools, regions and the country.

Youth United in Winnipeg

U of M Aligns With We Day

We Day

Transformative social action is a driver behind many University of Manitoba programs. We believe education and empowerment can inspire anyone to lead positive change in their community. In October of 2012, the University joined over 18,000 students and teachers from 380 schools across Manitoba at the MTS Centre to focus on social issues locally and globally.

Fourth-year U of M medical student Tito Daodu took the stage at We Day Manitoba. She described her life’s journey from Africa to Winnipeg, where she saw injustice at all points along the way. That experience inspired her to travel back to her homeland of Nigeria to help children suffering from pneumonia, and that dedication earned her the Nahlah Ayed Prize for Student Leadership and Global Citizenship.

The road between an idea and an action can be challenging, but the U of M is ready to give anyone the tools they need to make the journey.

Preserving a Culture through its Young People

U of M Introduces Indigenous Mini U

Mini U

The University of Manitoba is home to one of Canada’s most dynamic communities of Indigenous students, faculty and staff. Last year, the U of M extended that community to include even the smallest students on campus. Indigenous Mini U is the first culturally-based camp offered as part of our Mini U summer program.

The Executive Lead of Indigenous Achievement, Deborah Young, and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management helped create an inclusive, welcoming and culturally-affirming summer camp experience. Indigenous and inner-city Winnipeg youth found active play, creativity and leadership skills integrated with cultural traditions and identity. Best of all, the camp was free to attend!

By fostering a positive cultural identity and sense of belonging among Indigenous and inner-city Winnipeg youth, we hope to see our enthusiastic Mini U campers return as ambitious post secondary students.

Students Without Borders

Impactful International Service-Learning

Service Learning

At the University of Manitoba, students have the opportunity to enhance their intercultural leadership skills and build an international network of colleagues.

Last year, Student Life and the International Centre for Students sent three U of M students to Tanzania to participate in the Badili Mtizamo-Girl Power! Program. There, local high schools boys and girls explored issues related to gender, human rights, and sexual and reproductive health. The program was jointly organized by the International Centre for Students and Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief Tanzania.

The most transformative part of any student’s university experience is the chance to turn their education into action. The U of M provides that turning point – even when it’s on the other side of the world.

In addition to Africa, the International Centre for Students and Student Life are offering students service-learning and internship opportunities this year in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Malawi, Peru, and Vietnam.

Read more about the students’ experience at

Words to Change the World

U of M Hosts Visionary Conversations Speaker Series

Visionary Conversations Conference

Two years ago, the University of Manitoba started a new conversation with the community, and it has never lulled. The 2012-13 season saw even more provocative and progressive discussions on a wide range of issues: racism, innovation, Indigenous success, the north, the west, the rise of China, the arts, global pandemics and the education system.

New developments for this past this season included several alumni joining our researchers on the panels, and the university’s Bannatyne campus hosting two events for the series.

Visionary Conversations was honoured in 2012 for Best Community Outreach Initiative by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education and Best Alumni Engagement Program by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The forum is just one way that we are connecting with our community on the most pressing issues facing our society.

Visionary Conversations playlist