Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

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With mere hours to go until reading weeks commence across the province, students, faculty and staff have survived crunch time and midterm exams. Press pause, unwind, and check out this month’s roundup, featuring Manitoba news stories from our partner institutions, and see last month here.

BU Uses Gift to Implement Program for Indigenous Success

Next fall will see the implementation of a new program to help Indigenous students transition to university life, thanks to a generous gift.

With her family, BU alumna Daphne Wagner has provided startup funding for the Al and Bee Wagner Indigenous Transition Program. The program will support Indigenous students through the completion of their degrees.

“We are very thankful for this extremely generous gift. It creates new ways for us to better support Indigenous students at Brandon University,” said Carla Eisler, BU’s Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs.

Networking Crucial for University of Winnipeg Students Entering Industry

UW film studies graduates Melissa Van Soelen, Tom Groom, and Jesse de Rocquigny had a leg up on their peers after graduation.

All three were given numerous opportunities to work alongside industry professionals during their studies.

“It’s very important to connect with industry leaders, mentors and teachers. It’s not as scary as it seems,” said Van Soelen.

A recent Horizon Manitoba report outlined the importance of giving students such valuable experience. It allows learners to connect with experts in their chosen field of study. It also gives employers access to new and innovative ideas.

UM Symposium Highlights Indigenous Voices in Health Research

Seven people play the drum for the UM Symposium. Manitoba news in post-secondary.
UM’s symposium incorporates Indigenous perspectives into Health Research (UM).

On January 23 and 24, the University of Manitoba hosted a symposium on the incorporation of Indigenous perspectives in Health Research.

“Past, Present, Future: Telling Our Stories” explored the centering of Indigenous voices in health research. It also explored the critical role that language plays in disrupting colonial narratives.

“The annual symposium is an opportunity for us to come together. [We] exchange ideas about programs and innovations in a safe space,” said UM professor, Dr. Josée Lavoie.

ACC Reducing Barriers with Tuition-Free Program

Assiniboine Community College has partnered with Conestoga College (Ontario) to deliver a tuition-free welding program.

The program will start in August 2020. Selection will focus on the inclusion of women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, and those currently underemployed.

“We are proud and excited to partner with Conestoga to deliver this program. It creates opportunities for students to gain skills and knowledge before beginning a career in the trades,” said Kevin Poirier, ACC’s Chair of Trades – Mechanical. 

RRC Sharpens Signs with ASL Club

Women engaging with each other around a classroom.
RRC’s new ASL Club gives students a space to share Sign Language skills (RRC).

Students in Red River College’s Deaf Studies and American Sign Language — English Interpretation programs have launched an American Sign Language Club.

The club allows members to share skills in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.

Co-founder (and Deaf student) Evan Husack says that “it’s been going really well and it’s a safe space for people to use their signs.”

The club is open to all RRC students, whether they live with hearing difficulty or not.

UCN Remembers Legacy of Late Elder

University College of the North is mourning the loss of an Elder, and fondly remembering his legacy at the institution.

Elder Don Roberston, Ph.D. (Hon.), passed away on December 27th. Dr. Robertson was Chair of the UCN Implementation Team. Under his leadership, the Team outlined UCN’s academic and administrative structure.

Largely thanks to Dr. Robertson’s commitment, UCN was established as Manitoba’s ‘newest’ degree-granting institution in 2004.

“Many of us had the pleasure of working with Don over the years,” said Doug Lauvstad, UCN President and Vice‐Chancellor. “We will always remember fondly his commitment to UCN’s success, as well as his kindness and his quick wit.”

USB Opens Doors for Ethics Bowl

Five USB students holding the Ethics Bowl trophy.
College Louis-Riel took home this year’s Ethics Bowl Trophy (USB).

Five schools gathered on December 12 at Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) for the second annual, Francophone edition of the Manitoba High School Ethics Bowl.

For USB, hosting the Ethics Bowl on its campus is a good fit. “It offers high school students the opportunity to set foot on our campus, some for the first time, and introduce them to philosophy, explains Antoine Cantin-Brault, USB professor.

Students engaged in structured debates on key philosophical issues facing today’s society. College Louis-Riel took the trophy for the second straight year.


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