Health Plan Opt-Out/Change Deadline January 19, 2021

January 13th, 2021

Tuesday, January 19 2021 is the final day to Opt-Out/Change from the UWSA Green Shield Health Plan for students that have started their first term of 2020/21 in the Winter Term.

Click here to Opt-Out before January 19, 2021. Coverage is mandatory for International students studying for over six months.

Opt-In/Opt-Change Form 2020-21:  Use this fillable PDF form to opt-in or change your plan type and submit it to optchange@theuwsa.ca.

For more information, contact Emmanuel Iwuoha at health@theuwsa.ca or visit theuwsa.ca/healthplan

Snowed In 2021

December 24th, 2020

Join us for Snowed In, our annual winter welcome back event in January where we come together to celebrate the start of the Winter Term! Jan 6-8, 2021
All-day, All online!

Join us for some frosty funs this year with:

🎁 Snowed IN-STAGRAM Giveaway!
🎨 Cozy Crafts w/ Arts Junktion
🤸Intro to Hip Hop w/ Studio 393
Mentally, I Am Here w/UW Wellness
🧩 Stay Home, Stay Cool: Snowed
Know your Directors: Aprés Ski!
🎬 Last Holiday! Snowed In Netflix Party
🎉 Snow Ball: Snowed In Virtual After Party w/ Lucky Sharms, Shael, and Boogey The Beat

Schedule and registration at theuwsa.ca/snowedin/

All programming is FREE for students and community members but students may need to pre-register for some events.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theuwsa for updates!

Questions? Reach us at events@theuwsa.ca

An Update on Alternate Grading Options for Fall 2020

December 23rd, 2020

On December 22, 2020, the University of Winnipeg Senate voted to pass the UWSA Motion on Alternate Grading Options for Fall 2020.

For Fall 2020 courses, University of Winnipeg students will be able to make a request to exclude a grade from the calculation of their GPA.

Additionally, students who have received a passing grade for Fall 2020 courses will also be able to request a grade of ‘S’ (Standing) for their course instead. A ‘Standing’ grade will not be included in their GPA calculation.

Before making a request to exercise either option, interested undergraduate students will have to consult an academic advisor and graduate students will have to consult their program advisor. Your request must be submitted by February 12, 2021, and their choice(s) will be noted in your transcript.

Students who have been found guilty of academic misconduct in 2020-21 will not be eligible to make use of either option.

Please note that:

  • Grades excluded in the calculation of their GPA will not be used to calculate GPA for program progression and/or graduation GPA requirements. Students who require a certain grade for program progression must not choose the ‘Standing’ option.
  • Where specific course grades other than ‘Standing’ are required to satisfy UW pre- requisite requirements, for entry into other courses, or admission to other programs, and to satisfy any other program requirements, course grades will continue to be used. A grade of “Standing” cannot be used to satisfy a pre-requisite where a specific letter grade is normally required.
  • What constitutes a passing grade will be determined by the specific faculty.

Academic and Career Services Advisors are there provide guidance on these alternative grading options. Students can contact them at 204.786.9257 or advising@uwinnipeg.ca.

Please visit UWinnipeg’s list of frequently asked questions on final grading options for further information related to alternate grading options.

Motion for Alternate Grading Option for UWinnipeg Students to be Voted on by UWinnipeg Senate on December 22, 2020

December 16th, 2020

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association President, Shawna Péloquin is working with UWSA Senators and UWinnipeg Faculty towards providing students with a flexible grading option for the Fall Winter 2020/21 Term. An amended version of the GPA Calculation Motion that was passed by the UWinnipeg Senate on April 8, 2020 will be voted on by the Senate on December 22, 2020.

If passed, students will be able to access this option when their grades for the current term are released up until February 12, 2021.

We recognize the academic, financial, and personal challenges that many UWinnipeg students are facing due to the pandemic and the impact it has on their education. UWSA is working with UWinnipeg departments and boards towards providing students with options to alleviate some of your hardships.

Updates on the motion will be available at the UWSA website on December 23, 2020. Until the motion is passed, we would like to strongly encourage students to access support if and when they need it. Some of the available supports are listed below:

  • Academic and Career Services Advisors are there to provide guidance with appeals and exam accommodations. Students can contact them at 204.786.9257 or advising@uwinnipeg.ca.
  • UWSA Staff can help you with academic advocacy or appeals. Please email vpsa@theuwsa.ca for more information.
  • Student Counselling staff are currently working remotely and would be pleased to assist you via phone or Zoom video counselling. Student can reach them at 204.988.7611 or studentwellness@uwinnipeg.cafrom Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
  • UWinnipeg’s Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research Hub provides valuable tips and resources to help students and educators succeed while working remotely.

In solidarity,
The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association

Five Years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report and Calls to Action

December 15th, 2020

On December 15, 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its Final Report – a report that laid the foundation for a path forward towards “establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.” On June 2, 2015, more than 700 community members gathered in The University of Winnipeg’s Riddell Hall to witness Senator Murray Sinclair deliver the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and read out the 94 Calls to Action. After listening to the experience and learning of the trauma caused by Canada’s residential school system, it was clear that education would play a crucial role in moving towards healing.

“Education got us into this mess,” Justice (now Senator) Sinclair had said, “and education will get us out of this mess.”

Over the last five years, the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association has been honouring the recommendations of the TRC Report and 94 Calls to Action as it works toward creating an equitable campus at UWinnipeg that both acknowledges and works to dismantle systemic racism.

Today, UWSA 2020-21 President, Shawna Péloquin acknowledges the impact of the TRC on the people in her life. Péloquin says, “To Our Cocoums (also spelled as ‘Kookum’ in Manitoba), our mothers, aunties and all our resilient matriarchs that have carried the heart of our identities through generations of hardship, hurt and violence: We are forever grateful for your perseverance in the face of genocide, for your resilience in raising your voice for the Truth to be heard, and for the love you’ve guided us with.  Today as we acknowledge the Truth and Reconciliation report and the accomplishment and improvement that happens since in our Indigenous collective, it’s important to me to remind us that without our Elders’ determination we would not be who and where we are now, and where we need to be for our next generation. Kizagin Cocoums.”

The UWSA would also like to acknowledge the work of the UWinnipeg Aboriginal Student Service Centre (ASSC) and of the Indigenous Students’ Association for creating space for Indigenous students on campus and for the crucial supports that they provide.

UWinnipeg is home to several Elders who have supported Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike in taking the steps necessary to engage in the process of reconciliation all while managing their own experiences, including inter-generational trauma. Today, UWSA would like to acknowledge the work of all the past and current Elders on campus. Their contributions are immeasurable and their names are listed below:

  • Dan Thomas
  • Sharon Pelletier
  • Margaret Osborne
  • Ruth Christie
  • Calvin Pompana
  • Larry Monkman
  • Robert Green
  • Hector Pierre
  • Clara Hart
  • Levinia Brown
  • Linda McEvoy
  • Robert Apetagon
  • Barb Nepinak

Since the TRC report was published, we have seen many new initiatives by UWinnipeg like the establishment of the Urban Inner-City Studies Department at Merchant’s Corner, Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, Indigenous language courses, Indigenous Summer Scholars Program, Indigenous Advisory Circle, and much more.

Some of the initiatives started and supported by the UWSA include the student-led initiative of implementing the Indigenous Course Requirement at UWinnipeg, campaigns like Divestment, ReconciliACTION, the creation of a UWSA Indigenous Advisory Circle, and more. None of this would be possible without the contributions of UWSA Indigenous Executives, Directors, and staff who have persevered despite the challenges of working in a colonial institution.

Today is also a time to reflect that although we have made progress, there is a long way to go towards achieving reconciliation. Undoing the trauma of generations will take much more than five years. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff of the UWSA and UWinnipeg to educate themselves on the 94 Calls to Action, and to think creatively and introspectively regarding how the Calls to Action can be applied to their personal and professional lives. For Non-Indigenous UWSA members, we recommend the TRC Reading Guide by Manitoba Harm Reduction Network.

To commemorate this event, the UWSA will host a de-colonization focused workshop in the 2021 Winter Term. More details will be available in January 2021.


In solidarity,

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association

UWSA Transit Subsidy Program - Winter 2021

December 14th, 2020

UWinnipeg students who purchase a Post-Secondary Semester Pass can apply for the UWSA Transit Subsidy Program by mid-December. Please find details of the program and application process below:

Name: UWSA Transit Subsidy – Winter 2021

Description: The UWSA Transit Subsidy is provided to full-time University of Winnipeg undergraduate or graduate students who purchase a Post-Secondary Semester Bus Pass for the winter term of the 2020-21 academic year. This subsidy is available for the Winter 2021 term only and is provided by the UWSA in partnership with the University of Winnipeg to help UWSA members with the cost of local transportation, in the absence of the U-Pass.

Eligibility: All full-time UWinnipeg students, who are taking nine or more credit hours in one term, can apply for the subsidy. This subsidy is not open to English Language Program (ELP) or Professional Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) students.

This subsidy is only available on purchase of the Semester Post-Secondary Pass worth $283. Monthly and Weekly Post-Secondary Pass owners cannot apply for this subsidy.

Application requirements: Applicants will be asked to provide proof of purchase (i.e., upload a copy of their semester pass receipt) and must also demonstrate financial need through the University of Winnipeg’s online award application.

Subsidy amount: $83 per student. This subsidy will cover the cost difference ($83) between a Post-Secondary Semester Pass and the U-Pass.

Application period: December 15, 2020 – February 1, 2021

Funds disbursed: mid/late March 2021

How to apply: Please follow the below steps to apply:

  • Log in to UWinnipeg’s online award application using your UWinnipeg webmail ID and password.
  • Complete the General Application for Awards.
  • If you meet the criteria (financial need and full-time undergraduate or graduate student status), you will see the UWSA Transit Subsidy in the list of Recommended Opportunities. 
  • You must then apply directly for the subsidy by uploading an image of their semester pass receipt.


UWSA Spotlight Launch

December 11th, 2020


UWSA Spotlight is an exclusive Instagram platform to highlight the activities and events planned by registered student groups.

Each week a registered student group can apply to do a @uwsa.spotlight account takeover from Monday  – Saturday by emailing a.nguyen@theuwsa.ca. In your email; please specify the name of your student group, logo (if any), group’s social media accounts or website, and the name and contact details of the group members planning to manage the account. Slots will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. If there is a specific week you’d like to request, please mention that in the email as well.

Once approved, the group members will receive a secure password, and the dates the password is active. Your registered members will have full access to the Instagram account from Monday – Saturday to showcase what your group is up to!

For more questions or inquiries please email a.nguyen@theuwsa.ca

Make sure to enter the UWSA Spotlight Launch Giveaway! All the details are available on The UWSA Instagram. 

You can find a full list of groups on campus on the Student Group Page! 

It's Okay to Not Be Okay!

December 10th, 2020

On Monday, your UWSA President, Shawna Péloquin, and University of Winnipeg Wellness Centre counsellor, Christy Rostek, went Live on Instagram to share tips on taking care of your mental health during the exam period and the holidays. If you missed the event, you can watch the live stream on our UWSA Instagram page or review the compilation of 10 Key Takeaways from the event below!

  1. Recognize that it’s okay to do the bare minimum as we’re all living through a collective trauma during the pandemic.
  2. Acknowledge the feelings you’re having right now and know that they’re okay.
  3. Make sure that you have a connection with your professors and remember that they have office hours where they can help you out.
  4. Create a study space for yourself (if you can) where you make it personal, serene, and comfortable. Have a comfortable chair, candle, blanket, music, or whatever makes you feel comfortable.
  5. Study for short periods of time and then take breaks in between, where you get up and move for a bit. For example, have 30-minutes of studying with a 10-minute break.
  6. If you freeze during your exams and can’t remember what you studied: take a moment, move your laptop away, and then take a deep stomach breath. This will help you to relax and do better on your exam.
  7. Take time to rest during the holidays. Watch your favourite show, have your favourite chips, completely unwind!
  8. If you’re a student parent, remember that it’s okay to be exhausted and ask for support from friends and family. Connecting with other parents will help give you a support system.
  9. Maintain a routine. For example, fall asleep and wake up at the same time.
  10. Have study sessions with your classmates even if it’s just having your Zoom video on while you’re all studying.

Apps you can download:

Podcast recommendations:

Places you can contact:

For more, visit our Mental Health Resources page!

Addressing the 2019 BIPoC Lounge Temporary Closure

December 8th, 2020

In November 4, 2019, the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association temporarily closed the UWSA BIPoC Lounge, a space for racialized students on campus to gather and find community.

The decision was made by the 2019-20 Executive team, in consultation with UWSA staff, due to concerns around substance abuse and conflict between lounge members, particularly Black and Indigenous students.

The UWSA acknowledges that our response in November failed racialized students on campus when they needed us. Any decision should have been made with consultation with lounge members from a harm reduction lens and we needed to come from a place of understanding instead of blame.

Anti-Blackness and systemic racism at the UWSA is something we have been working on for the last few months and we’re grateful for the students and employees who have raised their voice to hold us accountable.

In order to move towards healing, we recognize that change must come from within. We will make sure that marginalized voices are represented in our decisions going forward. When making tough decisions, we are committed to involving the communities affected by those decisions and communicating transparently.

To start the process, we are reviewing and updating our Positive Space Policy. This Policy will guide us in creating a safer space for People of Colour at the UWSA. Until the policy is constructed, our service centres will operate under the guidelines set by UWinnipeg’s Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy, which seeks to create a campus environment where members of the University community are free from harassment and discrimination.

The BIPOC Lounge is currently active online and we’re grateful for the members that continue to support the lounge and persevere despite our shortcomings. We are dedicated to creating safer and better ways to come together while respecting and acknowledging the experiences of BIPoC students.

If you have any concerns regarding discrimination or harassment in any UWSA service centre, or  wish to provide feedback on policy development, please contact our Services Manager, Binara Hewagamage at b.hewagamage@theuwsa.ca.

In reconciliation,
The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association

Akira is now live!

December 7th, 2020



Akira gives you access to medical consults on their phone, anytime, using encrypted text and video to connect directly with clinicians – nurses, physicians, etc! Services include general medical consultations, advice, prescriptions, refills, mental health, labs, imaging, diagnosis, specialist appointments, and so on. Pretty much anything a student would visit a clinic for – Akira can do.

Students can access Akira for $10/consult, which is substantially discounted from the usual $60+/consult. 

To access Akira, you can follow the instructions on the How to Access Akira document.

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