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A man is wrapped in a star blanket by two Elders at a recognition ceremony.


Call for nominations: Honouring our Indigenous Campus Community

February 2, 2024 — 
The Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous) is delighted to once again offer an opportunity to honour and celebrate the members of the Indigenous campus community at UM that are working each day to make a difference at this university.  In its eighth year, the Honouring our Indigenous Campus Community recognition ceremony is a celebration of the outstanding achievements and contributions of Indigenous students, faculty and support staff across UM campuses. 

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Photo of Vice-President (Indigenous) Dr. Catherine Cook. Photo by Thomas Fricke.


Celebrating Dr. Catherine Cook

December 18, 2023 — 
After more than 30 years with the University of Manitoba, inaugural Vice-President (Indigenous) Dr. Catherine Cook will retire at the end of January. Throughout her career, Cook has worked with First Nations, Métis, Inuit, provincial and federal governments, as well as community organizations, to champion the importance of health services for Indigenous Manitobans.

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October 3rd and 4th, UM experts lend insights on #Mbpoli

October 4, 2023 — 
October 3rd and 4th, UM experts lend insights on #Mbpoli

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Members of the UM campus community gather inside a tipi


Connect with UM alums at Indigenous Homecoming

September 11, 2023 — 
Indigenous Homecoming is a time to connect and re-connect with UM Indigenous alumni. This year's Indigenous Alumni Connect event will feature a living library - an opportunity to hear the stories of celebrated UM alums who are making a difference in the community – good food and guided walking tours. 

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Photo of Vice-President (Indigenous) Dr. Catherine Cook. Photo by Thomas Fricke.


Winnipeg Free Press: Catherine Cook wins IPAC Vanier Medal

June 29, 2023 — 
Dr. Catherine Cook speaks to the Winnipeg Free Press about being granted the prestigious 2023 Vanier Medal after 35 years of exceptional service in Indigenous health care and public policy.

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CBC The Current: UM grad Tyrell Bird

June 23, 2023 — 
2023 UM graduate, Tyrell Bird, speaks to Matt Galloway on the CBC's The Current about his journey, his inspiration and drive to become a teacher, his poetry and music.

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Eight of ten of the 2023 Honouring Our Indigenous Campus Community honourees stand with UM Vice-President (Indigenous) Dr. Catherine Cook and UM President Dr. Michael Benarroch. The honourees are wrapped in Star Blankets and they are all standing outside in front of some trees.


Indigenous students, staff and faculty are celebrated at the 2023 Honouring Our Indigenous Campus Community recognition ceremony

June 20, 2023 — 
Members and allies of the Indigenous campus community at the University of Manitoba gathered today to celebrate 10 outstanding students, staff and faculty at the 2023 Honouring Our Indigenous Campus Community recognition ceremony.  Each year, Indigenous Engagement and Communications and the Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous) recognize the efforts and achievements of the inspiring people that are working to make the University a better place. 

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Representation Matters: Transforming UM Libraries Through Indigenous Art and Engagement

January 6, 2023 — 
On October 26, the Elizabeth Dafoe Library unveiled “Skoden & Stoodis,” the latest art piece by renowned Métis artist Val Vint. Located on 1st Floor of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the Fort Garry campus, “Skoden & Stoodis,” echoes Vint’s previous work “Chi-kishkayhitamihk si te li neu Biizon” (“Education is the New Bison”), a 12-foot steel sculpture constructed out of 200 steel replicas of books and other articles by Indigenous authors, currently on display at the Forks.

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Vickar Business Law students at the 2022 VIBE Awards (Far left) Elise Janzen, Jenna Symons, Emily Palmer, Johanna Thiessen, Julia Beal, Alli Knox, Connor Jonsson.

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Together, we can achieve

December 2, 2022 — 
On November 17, students from the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic attended the Visionary Indigenous Business Excellence (VIBE) Awards at the RBC Convention Centre.

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Ribbon is cut by three officials in front of learning hub.

Donor Relations

Celebrating a Partnership for Change

November 10, 2022 — 
A partnership between UM and the Mastercard Foundation’s EleV program will support thousands of Indigenous young people on their postsecondary journey

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