“Indspired” on campus

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UWinnipeg’s Aboriginal Student Service Centre
is a hub of activity on campus

More than 145 First Nation, Metis and Inuit high school students spent the day on The University of Winnipeg campus Thursday, March 20, 2014 learning how they can develop their unique talents as university students. The students heard from inspirational Indigenous leaders such as the Honourable Kevin Chief, Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities and a UWinnipeg graduate, and Diane Roussin, a founding member of the University’s Indigenous Advisory Circle.  The students also had an opportunity to learn from Elder Hector Pierre, President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, and from two incredible Indigenous UWinnipeg students Molly Blanchard and Taylor Wilson.

The organization Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation) and the University  organized the Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference. While at UWinnipeg, students heard presentations from the Faculty of Arts, Business and Economics, Science, and Education.  The Aboriginal Student Services Centre staff also outlined specific programs that support Indigenous students such as the Transition Year Program, as well as social, academic, financial, housing and daycare options.

The University is committed to breaking down the barriers to post-secondary education and 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.

UWinnipeg celebrates Indigenous role models and graduates through its community Powwow.  All are welcome to attend this year’s UWinnipeg’s 12th Annual Spring Powwow on Saturday, April 5th 2014 in the Duckworth Centre, located at 400 Spence Street on the UWinnipeg campus

Learn more about Indigenous programs and services at UWinnipeg.


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