Wawatay

Change the pattern of success for Indigenous engagement in Science.

Wawatay Project

Support Indigenous Student Success

Your gift to this comprehensive initiative will help to dramatically change the pattern of success for Indigenous students in science.

At zero cost for participants it aims to offer a full range of support services for Indigenous students throughout their university science experience.

  • Mentoring, supports and skills to help Indigenous students succeed
  • Engagement in research and linking an appreciation of Indigenous approaches
  • Connection to community and culture, collaboration with Indigenous communities

The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba is adopting a comprehensive approach to recruiting, retaining and graduating highly motivated Indigenous students. Named the Wawatay (Anishinaabe for Northern Lights) Project, this new initiative addresses all aspects of the university science experience.  Designed to be zero cost for participants and offering a full range of support services, the Wawatay project provides students skills for success while maintaining their cultural connections. Key attributes of this project include collaboration and ongoing feedback with participating Indigenous communities, continuous student engagement in research and linking an appreciation of Indigenous approaches to students’ growing science proficiency. Manitoba has Canada’s highest percentage of Indigenous peoples (20%), making the University of Manitoba an ideal home for this initiative.