News briefs

New year, new journal 

The University of Winnipeg (U of W) plans to launch a new academic journal in October 2016. Crossings will publish student submissions of research work done in the fields of humanities, social sciences, creative arts or interdisciplinary studies. For more information on submission requirements, email Dr. Steven Kohm, Crossings’ managing editor, at


U of W signs indigenous blueprint

The U of W took its pledge to indigenize education to the next level by signing the Manitoba Indigenous Education Blueprint Dec. 18. The university signed on alongside Manitoba’s other post-secondary schools and the Manitoba School Boards Association, which represents elementary, middle and high schools. The document vows to respond to all the calls to action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada regarding indigenous learning.


River trail a wet blanket

Because of warmer than normal temperatures, the Red River Mutual Trail isn’t safe to skate on yet. A few kilometres of on-land ice are ready to skate at The Forks, but the nearby Assiniboine River stretch is closed. RAW: Almond, the pop-up restaurant that’s fed guests on the frozen river trail for the last four years, announced it will move construction to solid ground across the river, in a forested area called South Point Park. 


Wesmen celebrates indigenous day

The U of W’s basketball teams are joining forces with the Aboriginal Student Council to celebrate the school’s first indigenous day on Jan. 9. The Wesmen men’s and women’s teams will play an at-home double-header against the Brandon University Bobcats. The women play at 2 p.m., while the men play at 4 p.m., both at the Duckworth Centre. There will be a traditional blessing from a U of W elder in residence, cultural music and dancing throughout the games.


Pop tart party 

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) is hosting back-to-school events throughout the first week of classes in January. The last hurrah will be the Pop Tart Party and Drag Show at The Good Will Social Club on Jan. 8. U of W students get in free by showing their student cards. For a full list of events, visit

Published in Volume 70, Number 14 of The Uniter (January 7, 2016)

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