The University of Manitoba's role in reconciliation, its connections with Indigenous students, partners and communities, and its commitment to Indigenous Achievement are central to the kind of future the University seeks to create. A strongly held view emerged from consultation sessions, the Strategic Planning Committee and the leadership of the University that in order to truly be "Manitoba's University" required that the University of Manitoba's commitment to Indigenous Achievement and to indigenizing the University be elevated to a level of prominence within its strategic plan that traditionally is held by its mission, vision and values. In recent years, the University has adopted the practice, at formal functions, of acknowledging the traditional lands on which it sits. An acknowledgement of these lands, and of the University's commitment to Indigenous peoples and communities, now form part of the foundational statements that define the University of Manitoba.
The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
The University of Manitoba is committed to a renewed relationship and dialogue with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
The University of Manitoba is committed to ensuring that First Nations, Métis and Inuit knowledge, cultures and traditions are embraced and reflected in the pursuit of its mission.