The Métis community supports research at the University of Winnipeg
The Manitoba Métis Federation is providing $60,000 annually for the next decade to enhance Métis scholarship at the University of Winnipeg.
The agreement, finalized in January 2018, creates an annual Métis-scholar-in-residence position to support research. In the first phase, a post-doctoral research will collect and analyze data on the health, economic and educational outcomes for Métis people in both rural and urban corners of the province.
In addition, the federation will station a staff person on campus to offer guidance to Métis students. About 13% of incoming students at UWinnipeg self-identify as Indigenous. Half of these students are Métis, among the highest participation rates across Canada.
UWinnipeg and the Manitoba Métis Federation have been collaborating since 1999. To date, the federation and its education arm, the Louis Riel Institute, have provided bursaries to 685 Métis students. In 2017-18, 80 students at UWinnipeg received a Louis Riel bursary.