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  • UWSA Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

    November 30th, 2020

    The next UWSA Board of Director Meeting will be conducted over Zoom on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 5.30 PM.

    Please review the agenda here: December 2 BOD Agenda

    All UWinnipeg students are welcome to attend Open Session. Please email by 4.30 PM on the day of the meeting for the Zoom link using your UWinnipeg webmail address and your Student ID Number.

    All participants are expected to abide by the University’s Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy.

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  • UWSA Supports Coalition Calling for Truly Universal Healthcare Coverage

    November 24th, 2020

    The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association strongly endorses the recently launched Healthcare for All Manitoba Campaign.

    Healthcare for All Manitoba is launching a campaign calling on the province of Manitoba to immediately provide truly universal health care coverage to all residents of Manitoba. Many in Manitoba are not covered by provincial health care including migrant workers with work permits of less than one year, international students, many refugee claimants, and undocumented migrants. The digital launch will feature community advocates and migrants with lived experience highlighting how the campaign demands will protect the health of everyone in the province to ensure the health of all.

    “Healthcare is a basic human right and a fundamental part of responsible public health,” says Dorota Blumczynska, Executive Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba and President of the Canadian Council for Refugees. “The pandemic has made it clear: we must ensure everyone in Manitoba has access to health care to protect the health and safety of all who live in the province.”

    Currently, many uninsured people will avoid seeking health care due to fear of being charged for the care and some will fear possible detention and deportation if their immigration status is reported to the authorities. Without adequate health care coverage if they are ill, many will feel pressured to continue to work due to financial circumstances.

    “Many migrant workers have proven to be the essential workers needed in our province during the pandemic, but they are also at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and becoming ill while working,” says Diwa Marcelino, who supports migrant workers through Migrante Manitoba. “Providing comprehensive health coverage to all migrants, regardless of status, is essential to ensuring the rights and health of all our community members.”

    In 2018 the Province cut off international students from accessing public healthcare in Manitoba. The Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba points out that the annual cost of delivering this healthcare coverage was only 3.1 million compared to the $400+ million dollars international students contribute to Manitoba’s economy each year. The loss of healthcare combined with even-more drastically increasing tuition fees puts international students’ well-being at risk while also eliminating any incentive for future students to choose Manitoba as a place to study.

    The Healthcare for All coalition has a core set of demands. It calls on the province to immediately provide comprehensive and free healthcare coverage to all residents of Manitoba regardless of immigration status. Second, the coalition urges the province to develop and implement a multilingual communication campaign to inform all those currently without provincial health care coverage about the availability of free COVID testing and treatment without a health card. Third, this means the province must inform all healthcare institutions and providers of expanded coverage for those without health insurance. Finally, the coalition calls on the province to create and enforce strict confidentiality policies and provide staff with training to protect the safety of residents with precarious immigration status and ensure they can access health care without jeopardizing their ability to remain in Canada.

    “I know people in my community who have lost their immigration status for a variety of reasons and become undocumented,” says Maggie Yeboah of African Communities of Manitoba Inc. “The fear of living without health coverage during a pandemic, combined with the fear of risking their ability to stay in Canada if they do seek help, is overwhelming. We need to respect the inherent worth and dignity of all people in our community and ensure the right to access healthcare without fear.”

    Healthcare for All Manitoba is a new coalition bringing together organizations who support migrants in a range of areas and see the need for equitable healthcare access. Founding organizations include: Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), Manitoba Association of Community Health (MACH), Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO), Migrante Manitoba, Canadian Federation of Students, CUPE Manitoba, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, and the Manitoba Health Coalition.

    For more information on the coalition’s demands and the most current list of partners, visit

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  • UWSA Board and Senate Applications

    November 19th, 2020

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 30, 2020 at 9:00AM. The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association is seeking UWinnipeg students to fill vacant Director of the Board and UWinnipeg Senate positions beginning Dec 2, 2020, and ending April 30, 2021. Getting involved with the board and the senate is a great way to learn more about how the University and UWSA operate, connect with other students, and become a student leader.

    Read more and apply here: UWSA Job Opportunities

    UWSA SENATORS represent all UWinnipeg students to the University of Winnipeg Senate and Senate Committees. The Senate makes decisions on all academic matters of the university, including curriculum development, academic appeals, and the setting of academic standards. Senate meets monthly and Senate Committees meet bi-weekly to monthly, depending on the committee.   

    DIRECTORS OF THE UWSA represent constituencies of students to UWSA committees and the Board. Directors help the union make decisions at every level, including managing finances, setting governance rules, and planning events and political campaigns. The Board of Directors meets monthly and UWSA Committees meet bi-weekly to monthly, depending on the committee. Vacant positions include that of an Arts Director, Education Director, Environmental Ethics Director, Part-time/Mature Students’ Director, Racialized Students’ Director, and Student Living Director.   

    Please contact or with any questions and concerns.  


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  • More Than a Door Campaign

    November 17th, 2020

    An image of a door with a bookmark on top left corner. Text says More than a Door

    Join us for the More Than A Door Campaign Launch!
    October 18, 2020 | 4 PM onwards
    Zoom link: 

    Sarah Anderson: UWSA Accessibility Director
    Lara Coombs: UW Accessibility Services Coordinator
    Shane Burcaw and Hannah Burcaw: Youtubers Squirmy and Grubs and Founder of Laughing at My Nightmare

    More Than a Door aims to assess the accessibility needs and limitations that students who use mobility aids face on campus, research the issue, raise awareness, and present a final report with recommendations to the University administration.

    While working in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg, we hope to increase the number of accessible doors on campus and limit the challenges students with disabilities face on campus. The target number will be determined by survey results.

    If you are a UWinnipeg student or alumni with a physical disability, please complete this short survey here: More Than A Door Survey

    For updates and information on the campaign, please check back here or contact our Accessibility Director, Sarah Anderson, at

    More Than a Door Page

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