University College of the North

University College of the North | The Pas, Mant. | Founded 2004

University College of the North students in a gym


The University College of the North (UCN) covers a catchment area in northern Manitoba that’s roughly equal to the size of France. UCN accommodates its widespread student population—more than 90 per cent of whom are Indigenous—with 12 regional centres in addition to its two larger campuses.

Nature lovers will find themselves right at home at either of UCN’s campuses. The Pas campus is near Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, home to one of the cleanest lakes in North America. Meanwhile, the Thompson campus is set amid the Canadian Shield and boreal forest. Thompson is also the wolf capital of Canada.

UCN offers a wide variety of degree, diploma, certificate and trades programs as well as apprenticeship and academic upgrading programs. Program areas include education, nursing, carpentry, culinary arts, welding and more. Both UCN and the University of Manitoba jointly offer a four-year bachelor degree program in nursing. It offers a community-based approach to health care.

UCN has a strong culture of diversity and inclusivity. Close to 60 per cent of all courses incorporate some Indigenous content, according to a student survey. Both of its main campuses have an Indigenous centre that provides support services, including counselling from local Elders. UCN also offers a certificate in teaching Ininimowin (Cree). The program is the only post-secondary program taught entirely in Cree.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $4,424-$7,482 $3,120-$5,641 $2,845-$8,417 Yes

Cool Options

  • Waskawimakanwa Mecimwaci Isihtwawina: This course, required for all UCN graduates, introduces students to Indigenous teachings through sharing circles and other cultural practices. Students learn the historical and contemporary issues of Indigenous people and participate in cultural experiences.
  • Onikanawak Summer Institute: This session focuses on First Nations and Métis history, world view, challenges and culture to develop school leaders. Elders and cultural advisers speak about Indigenous education, treaties, and the residential school system and its intergenerational effects.

Popular Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Industrial Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Business Administration

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