Strategic Plan Update - Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement

Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement

Working collaboratively with Indigenous communities, we are dedicated to building a more prosperous and fulfilling future for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing knowledge, empowering student success and developing leaders.

 

Progress HighlightsProgress Highlights

Raised awareness of Indigenous perspectives: New ways for students, faculty and staff to learn about Indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditions include the introduction of Indigenous Awareness Week, weekly fireside chats on Indigenous topics and a Pow Wow practice group. Establishing the Indigenous Scholars Fund and the Indigenous Initiatives Fund has helped to further embed Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into curriculum, programs and initiatives.

Improved self-declaration process: Focus on increasing enrolment of Indigenous students while improving and promoting the self-declaration process resulted in an increase of over 10 per cent between 2015 to 2016, from 7.4 per cent of total enrolment to 8.1 per cent of total enrolment. Review the Current Enrolment Charts.

 

Total Indigenous Enrolment

Total Indigenous Enrolment Chart

Year Students Enrolled Percentage Increase Percentage of Overall
2012 2,077 3.1% 7.3%
2013 2,131 2.6% 7.3%
2014 2,155 1.1% 7.4%
2015 2,157 0.1% 7.4%
2016 2,378 10.2% 8.1%
2017 2,435 2.4% 8.5%

Source: Office of Institutional Analysis

Strengthened partnerships: In December 2015, the University signed the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint, uniting with all provincial post-secondary institutions and the Manitoba School Boards Association to advance Indigenous education and reconciliation.

Recognizing and celebrating achievements: The Indigenous Student Awards of Excellence were established in 2017 to recognize exceptional student contributions to advancing Indigenous achievement at the University.

 Increased student support: Several initiatives by the Indigenous Student Centre and academic units are empowering continued student success, including access to scholarships and bursaries, transition programs, tutoring and peer-to-peer mentoring and the Qualico Bridge to Success program for transition of new Indigenous students into post-secondary education. Their success is evident in the increasing number of diplomas and degrees conferred each year.

 

Moving ForwardMoving Forward

Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint: Implement the 10 commitments laid out in the Blueprint.

Reconciliation activities: Increase leadership and participation in initiatives that advance reconciliation, such as the Building Reconciliation Forum held at the University in November 2017.

Indigenous academic staff: Work in partnership with other senior-level departments and academic units — with the Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement — to find innovative ways to attract and retain Indigenous scholars.

Knowledge of Indigenous peoples: With the Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement, work with faculties and departments to analyze the current curriculum, develop content and assist staff in ways that will ensure every graduate has a basic understanding of the importance and contributions of Indigenous peoples.