• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Indigenous Studies program at University of Winnipeg  maintains at its core a focus on policies, acts, and treaties that have and continue to affect the lives of Indigenous peoples and communities. Our professors have backgrounds in politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, human ecology, natural resources management, and law.
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The Department of Indigenous Studies is grounded in the intellectual and cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples in Canada (including First Nations, Non-Status, Inuit, and Métis) and around the globe. Students from all backgrounds and disciplines explore the unique complexities and broad, diverse cultures associated with Indigenous studies.

This Indigenous Studies program at University of Winnipeg leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree (3-year, 4-year or Honours) with a Major in Indigenous Studies. Students taking an undergraduate degree in another Major may choose to add a Minor in Indigenous Studies as a secondary area of interest. 

The department also offers a Joint Indigenous Studies/Self-Government Administration degree/diploma with Red River College, as well as a Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance – see separate fact sheets for these two programs. Employees of Red River College who are interested in the special RRC Cohort Stream to earn a BA in Indigenous Studies from UWinnipeg should consult RRC Human Relations for guidance and funding.

Sample Courses

Indigenous Ways of Knowing - This course offers an introduction to Indigenous ways of knowing through active participation in strategies that facilitate the production of Aboriginal knowledge and through comparisons with Euro-American ways of knowing. By taking part in basic ceremony and related practices, students gain an understanding of how First Peoples of Manitoba relate to each other, to the land, to other animals, and to the world. 

Management and Financial Administration for Community Leadership - As small-scale and not-forprofit structures, community-based and Aboriginal organizations often face unique challenges and political/cultural realities in terms of overall management and operations. This course provides students with a good understanding of the key facets of management and administrative structures within the community and Aboriginal sectors in particular. 

International Rights of Indigenous Peoples - This course examines current developments at the international level with respect to the rights of Indigenous peoples, particularly the right to self-determination. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 Year/4 Year option

  • Credits
    90 alternative credits

    4 years: 120 credits

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Indigenous Treaties in Canada
  • Indigenous Justice Issues
  • Indigenous Women and Resilience 
  • Indigenous Peoples, Land and Resources
  • Community Development

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • American High School Curriculum -  Complete grade 12 with a minimum high school average of C+ or better on a minimum of 5 academic subjects.
  • British Patterned Education - General Certificate of Education, with two subjects at Advanced Level and three at Ordinary Level, or three subjects at Advanced Level and one at the Ordinary Level.  Secondary School Grade: C (with no mark below a D)
  • International Baccalaureate – An IB diploma with 3 HL courses and 3 SL courses.  For transfer credit or advanced standing, no grade below 4 accepted.Minimum points required: 24Minimum total score of 24 points 
  • Students will still need to meet the English Language Requirements of the university. The admissions office has expanded the requirements to include the Duolingo English Test as an approved form of meeting English proficiency for September 2020 and January 2021. The required score will be a minimum of 115 on the test.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14220 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14220 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    3810 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3810 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Winnipeg

  • 1056 - 1650 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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