Land and Water Mentoring Program

U of M mentors with their mentees by the lake

The Land and Water Mentoring Program brings together grade 10 students from R. B. Russell Vocational High School with undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Manitoba to learn about Indigenous cultures, social justice work and the university experience.

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Program Description

University students will mentor the high school youth, sharing their university experiences and social justice work. Everyone will participate in cultural programming to explore identity, power and privilege; learn about Indigenous cultures through various experiential learning opportunities; reflect on our gifts and roles in community; meet and learn from community leaders; explore university as one of many paths for achieving social justice and “the good life;” and attend classes and campus events to experience university and student life.

The Land and Water Mentoring Program is offered in partnership with R. B. Russell Vocational High School and the Winnipeg School Division.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for recognition on their 
Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Cost and Schedule

Program Cost: Free*

*Mentors are responsible for the upfront cost of obtaining a Police Information Check. Winnipeg School Division will reimburse the cost of the Police Information Check by cheque.

Orientation and Training
  • 3-hour orientation meeting in mid-October
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Thursday during Fall Term Reading Week (November)
  • 3-hour monthly meeting from January to April
  • Monthly meeting time based on student availability

Mentors will be trained in mentoring attitudes and skills, Indigenous youth engagement, facilitation and conflict resolution and other training as needed.

Mentoring Programming

  • October to April
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tue/Wed/Thu, once per month*
  • One-hour lunch session at R. B. Russell Vocational High School, once per month
  • Program celebration in early May
  • Regular communication with youth

*Mentors are encouraged to schedule their coursework to be available on Tue/Wed/Thu between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm from October to April, but this is not a requirement. A letter of participation is available to support requests to faculty to be absent from classes if necessary.

Mentors will help facilitate full-day of programming one Tue/Wed/Thu per month, which will include campus visits to attend class and take part in student activities, as well as community field trips. Examples of past programming include: a tour of the Alternative Village on Fort Garry campus, a day trip to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation and a seed saving workshop at the Metanoia Farmers’ Cooperative at the Canadian Mennonite University.

Mentors will be paired with a student from R. B. Russell based on shared interests. In addition to the group programming days, the mentor will schedule time to visit their mentee at the high school once per month and communicate with them at least on a weekly basis between programming days.

How to Apply

Apply on UM Community Link using “Apply Now” button above. Applications close September 30. Interviews will take place October 3-5.

Contact Info

Updated July 17, 2018