Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

Carley McDougallNews

Fall semester is ramping up for mid-terms and finals, and with that comes news from our partner institutions. Below is a collection of stories from Manitoba’s universities and colleges.

UWinnipeg receives funding for Indigenous languages

Funding received for Indigenous languages

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Thanks to funding provided by the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI), the University of Winnipeg will receive $138, 769 for online language resources and community language programs. These resources will be used at The Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre and the Summer Institute for Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak Project.

The Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre offers a collaborative and community-centred approach to building a partnership between the University of Winnipeg and the Indigenous and inner-city communities. They aim to build university-bound identities for inner-city youth through educational programs rooted in Indigenous language and culture.

The Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak is a collaborative project that includes a variety of partners.

The Aboriginal Languages Initiative funding will support 16 community-based projects and will span over two years. The goal is to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in Manitoba.

Evaluation of a New Tool for Autism

Are you a parent or professional who supports children on the Autism Spectrum? Geneviève Roy-Wsiaki, researcher and professor of psychology at Université de Saint-Boniface, is looking for feedback on a new multimedia tool: Simple Steps Online Teaching Platform for the Treatment of Autism.

“Simple Steps is based on principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA),” notes Roy-Wsiaki. “Through explanatory videos, animations, links to other specialized websites, reading material and interviews with parents and professionals, the tool provides a step-by-step training guide to better understand an ASD diagnosis and the science of ABA.”

“Parents and professionals will learn how to better manage both appropriate and inappropriate behaviours, or to teach new behaviours. My research project involves evaluating the French version of the Simple Steps tool.”

Those interested in participating in the study are invited to visit ustboniface.ca/simplesteps (French only).

MBA program at Assiniboine starts in January

Assiniboine Community College (ACC) and Cape Breton University (CBU) have collaborated to deliver CBU’s Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development. Kicking off on January 11, 2019, the program blends traditional MBA curriculum with a new emphasis on leadership, change management, governance and economic development.

“We’re thrilled to be at this milestone with our partners at CBU,” said Bobbie Robertson, Dean of Business at ACC. “Continuing to advance business education offerings at Assiniboine is a priority within our School of Business, and partnerships such as this are one of the ways to present more opportunities for Manitobans.”

Manitoba labour market outlook projects consistent job growth

Just in time for Career and Workforce Development Month, there has been consistent job growth predicted for the province through The Manitoba Labour Market Outlook Report for 2018–2024.

“This report shows Manitoba’s labour market is balanced, with the overall labour supply approximately equal to labour market demand,” said Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade.  “A total of 168,700 job openings are expected to be created between 2018 and 2024, with unemployment projected to decline slightly over the next five years.”

As noted in the press release, some of the report’s key findings include:

  • Manitoba will see approximately 24,100 total job openings each year.
  • Occupations expected to see the most openings are: sales and service, business, finance and administration, education, law, social services, and community and government services. This results in a combined total of 83,300 jobs.
  • Sixty per cent of future job openings will require some post-secondary education and training.
  • Overall, Manitoba’s labour market should remain balanced over the next seven years. The labour supply is adequate to meet demand.

Message from President David Barnard regarding racist material on campus 

Sunrise at the University of Manitoba

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Recently, racist materials were found on Brandon University and University of Manitoba Campuses. Both Universities have strongly denounced these actions and reconfirmed their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Below are remarks from Dr. David Barnard, president of the University of Manitoba, speaking out about the posters:

It has come to my attention that a number of racist posters have been posted on the University of Manitoba campuses as part of what is understood to be a coordinated international effort by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.

The University unequivocally condemns this and any other racist actions. There is no tolerance for hate and discrimination, as I made clear yesterday in my remarks at the vigil in honour of the shooting victims in Pittsburgh.

We share a sense of revulsion and need to act because of what we see happening around us. The treatment of refugees. The tone of anger and hatred in political discourse. The installation of corrupt regimes. A distressing number of hate crimes. Terrorist attacks.

As a place of higher learning, we are focused on scholarship; on the generation and passing on of knowledge and, I hope, a search for wisdom. Underpinning this broad idea is a shared perspective that working together – in community – is the best way to achieve this outcomeread more

RRC ranked among Top 10 research colleges in Canada

Thanks to Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges list, Red River College has once again been ranked as one of Canada’s top 10 research colleges. This comes fresh off the heels of another research-related distinction given to RRC in less than a month. They received the silver award in the Applied Research category at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Awards show in Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 9, 2018.

“These recent recognitions prove the ongoing research efforts of the College and our partners are working,” says RRC President Paul Vogt. “We’ve worked on some outstanding projects in the past, such as battery-operated buses and energy-efficient office towers — projects that benefit our communities through their sustainable approach to engineering. We’re excited to see what we can achieve in the future.”

MB announces new immigration pathways for international students

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has introduced two new pathways for international students. Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced that The International Student Entrepreneur Pathway and Graduate Internship Pathway are now open to international student graduates in Manitoba.

“By providing students a fast track to nomination for permanent residency, we hope to attract and retain more talented innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the world,” said Goertzen.  “International students bring new ideas, global connections and an entrepreneurial spirit to our province, and when they create opportunities for themselves, Manitoba becomes more competitive and innovative.”


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