Research and Workshops

​Experiential research is a key element of the Wawatay Program.

More than classroom learning, research will allow students to take advantage of the Indigenous Way of Knowing.

Wawatay Scholars will conduct research in areas of interest throughout the program. If desired, the projects will relate to their home communities. The assignments will be designed to match proficiency level, (e.g. fourth-year tasks will require more skills than first-year ones).

Meet Outstanding Indigenous Science researcher Taylor Morriseau

[BSc(Hons)/17] is a Cree woman with roots in Peguis First Nation and one of Canada’s top graduate student researchers. Morriseau received the prestigious Vanier Scholarship in 2018 and was also a Rhodes Scholar finalist. Throughout her university studies, Morriseau has investigated several massive health-related challenges facing Indigenous people, from water quality to food security to hepatitis B (endemic among Inuit circumpolar populations) to her main focus of diabetes.

​Skill-building workshops are a staple throughout the program.

​Some of the workshops address academic-related skills; others are focused on life skills.

​Similar to the research, the focus of these workshops will change over time according to students’ needs. Initially, they will cover study skills such as time management. As they progress toward graduation, the nature of the workshops broadens to topics like entrepreneurship, resume writing, graduate school applications and networking.

Details on upcoming workshops will be announced soon!