Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

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Second semesters across the province are underway for faculty and students, in a new year, and a new decade. Before things get too hectic, take a look at the first roundup of 2020. Have a little extra time? See the final roundup of 2019 here.

Longstanding UM Conversation Series Tackles Important Issue

Five leading experts sitting as a panel at the UM's Visionary Conversations Series
UM’s Visionary Conversations series seeks to provide healthy debate on important issues (UM).

More than 400 people gathered at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on December 11th to hear leading experts discuss how we can build a country based on mutual respect and fairness between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

The conversation on decolonization was part of the University of Manitoba’s Visionary Conversations series, which aims to explore tough questions and promote healthy debate.

While it is a far-reaching issue, UM Professor Dr. Katherine Starzyk recommended seeking learning opportunities about reconciliation through the works of Indigenous authors, the TRC reports and the work of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Major Expansion in Co-op Education at BU

Students at Brandon University now have Manitoba’s fullest selection of experiential learning options through cooperative education.

Starting next fall, all BU science students will have the option of adding cooperative education to their degrees. Development of co-op options is also underway in the Faculty of Arts.

“Thanks to enthusiastic partnerships with local businesses and organizations, we can now offer personalized versions of practical experiences to students in many new fields,” said Cora Dupuis, leader of BU’s Cooperative Education Program.

UW and Fisher River Cree Nation Collaborate on Cookbook

The University of Winnipeg and Fisher River Cree Nation have launched a new English and Cree cookbook, which shares recipes, teachings, and stories of traditional foods.

The goal of the book is to enhance the health and well-being of the community.

“This cookbook is a symbol of the exemplary work achieved through partnerships between Indigenous communities and universities,” said UWinnipeg alumna Brielle Beaudin-Reimer.

Women in Agriculture Conference Inspires ACC Students

Six ACC students and two teachers standing together at the 'Women in Ag' Conference
ACC was well-represented at this year’s ‘Women in Ag’ Conference (ACC).

Six Assiniboine Community College students (and two instructors) recently participated in the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference.

Hosted in Calgary, the conference aimed to inspire women to pursue opportunities in what is largely a male-dominated field.

Recent ACC graduate Jaime Nylen — who obtained a job in the industry right out of college — said that the conference was “really eye-opening and [it was] great to see how many powerful women are in the agricultural industry. Seeing other powerful women in the industry made me think that I can do this and go far.”

New RRC Art Celebrates Indigenous History

Anishinaabe artist Jackie Traverse will soon have her work featured in a big way.

Photo of artist Jackie Traverse
Jackie Traverse’s art will decorate RRC’s Innovation Centre (RRC).

Traverse was selected by Red River College to adorn its Innovation Centre, in the Exchange District. The centre allows students, businesses, entrepreneurs, and community members to collaborate on ideas.

“The concept she presented was very powerful and resonated with us,” says Patrick Kuzyk, chair of RRC’s selection committee. “Her concept depicts a traditional gathering place and we were inspired by the connection.”

UCN DPN Students Pass with Flying Colours

All students of the inaugural Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN) program at University College of the North have passed certification.

The program provides students with the knowledge to work on a professional health care team.

UCN Dean of Health Vicki Zeran noted that dedication by both instructors and students lead to such positive results.

USB Awards Record Number of Scholarships

Université de Saint-Boniface has awarded a record number of scholarships and bursaries as an acknowledgement of student efforts and success.

USB recently hosted The Soirée d’Excellence, to acknowledge award winners and donors. Awards totaled over $600,000.

“It’s surprising that people we don’t know open their wallets to allow us to concentrate more fully on our studies,” said student Jason Cegayle. “[It] confirms that we are not alone in caring deeply about our studies and success.”

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