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Encampment update

The encampment on the front lawn of the University has been in place for three weeks.

A meeting with protesters was held on Thursday, May 30 after repeated attempts by the University administration to meet earlier.

Representatives from senior administration attended the meeting in good faith, with the intention of engaging in a meaningful, respectful dialogue. They reiterated the University’s commitment to its core values of human dignity, equality, non-discrimination, and appreciation of diversity.

At the meeting, protestors were provided information regarding the University’s financial holdings, as well as details regarding the University of Winnipeg Foundation.

Regarding the University’s financial holdings:

  • The University of Winnipeg does not have any equity investments.
  • Any within-year unspent funds are held in a savings account, and any interest earned is reinvested into University operations.

Regarding the University of Winnipeg Foundation:

  • The Foundation is independent of the University and is managed by its own CEO and Board.
  • The Foundation does not receive any funding from the University, nor does it receive any funds to invest on behalf of the University.
  • The Foundation is a registered charity that receives donations from individuals, families, groups, other charities, and companies to support scholarships and bursaries for UWinnipeg students and some capital projects.
  • The Foundation has no direct investments of any kind.
  • The Foundation has an endowment that is managed by external companies, which are signatories to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.
  • The Foundation’s commitment to responsible investment is outlined in its Responsible Investment Policy.

The University and its students have benefited tremendously from the work of the Foundation. We are grateful for every donation large or small that has been directed to the Foundation to support our students.

Although everyone has a right to protest, no person or group has a right to occupy University space without approval. The University continues to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of our campus community. Our priority is to provide a safe and respectful environment for all faculty, students, and staff.

Dr. Todd Mondor
President and Vice-Chancellor