About the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre

Beyond the academic support, our Centre becomes a home away from home for students. Here you will find a lounging area of couches to relax on between classes and to engage in supportive conversation with fellow students. We offer free soup for everyone to meet and have a meal together.  Most importantly, we offer you a family and friendships that will last you a lifetime. We learn through gathering that even though we may lead different lives, we are the same.

Fact : 50% of Aboriginal teachers employed in Manitoba come from the BU Faculty of Education

Transition Supports

Assistance locating housing, schools, daycare, doctors, dentists, etc.

Academic Supports

Tutors, workshops, study groups, group tutorials, referrals to learning skills development supports, proof reading, reference texts

13%  of BU students identify as Aboriginal

Cultural/ Spiritual Supports

Cultural events including the annual “All Nations Graduation Pow Wow”, sweat lodges with Brandon Friendship Centre, Round Dance, Elder Visits, Storytelling, Pipe Ceremonies, medicine picking, tea and storytelling, skirt making and much much more.

Personal and Social Supports

Movie nights, community volunteering, family get-togethers, Christmas party, gardening, crafts, beading, speakers, a place to meet and visit

“When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose. You know that you are alive.”

– Chief Seattle, Duwamish (1780-1866)

Dedicated staff support

  • Indigenous student orientation
  • Aboriginal student collective
  • Potlucks
  • All Nations Pow Wow
  • Computer lab with printing
  • Scanner, fax and long distance phone
  • Study space
  • Smudging and Elders room
  • Child friendly play area
  • Smart TV
  • Comfortable common area

Our promise to you :

  • High quality education
  • Welcoming atmosphere
  • Exceptional education, preparation for career or academic goals
  • Social development to help you in your community
  • Individual support
  • Holistic programming