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 70 per cent of whom are Indigenous—with 12 regional centres and 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. The Thompson campus is set amid the Canadian Shield and boreal forest. Thompson is also the wolf capital of Canada.
UCN offers a 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, which 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 Indigenous content, according to a student survey. Both of UCN’s 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 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)||$4,574-$6,722||$3,132-$5,641||$2,773-$8,247||Yes|
- Waskawimakanwa Mecimwaci Isihtwawina: This required course introduces students to Indigenous teachings and both historical and contemporary issues through sharing circles and other cultural practices.
- Onikanawak Summer Institute: The institute focuses on First Nations and Métis history, world views, challenges and culture to develop school leaders. Elders and cultural advisers speak about Indigenous education, treaties, and the residential schools and their intergenerational effects.
- High School Programming: Students can earn individual high school credits or complete a high school diploma.
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Education
- Industrial Mechanic Apprenticeship
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Business Administration