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Build From Within - Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee


​The Build From Within teacher development program brings together Winnipeg School Division, the Faculty of Education at University of Winnipeg, and Indspire Canada and other service providers to develop a path for Indigenous High School Students to become teachers.

The primary goal of Build From Within is to recognize and build on Indigenous students’ unique strengths and experiences to create competent and motivated teachers who are passionate about their work and want to contribute back as teachers.

The first step to a career in education

Starting in Grade 11, Indigenous students spend six years on a journey to become a teacher with Winnipeg School Division. A total of 60 students will participate in two cohorts. Each cohort of 30 students engages in an academically rigorous program featuring classroom internships, as well as cultural, familial, mentorship, employment and financial supports.

The program bridges students from high school through to becoming an educator.
The first step is graduation from high school and completion of a 300-hour Education Assistant Diploma Program. In addition, students are required to take a minimum of 48 hours of workshops (delivered by WSD staff) and participate in a practicum placement within the school division. Students will continue as Education Assistants while completing their Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degrees at University of Winnipeg.

Program focus

Year 1, Grade 11
Semester 1
Students complete one term of Grade 11 at their respective high school. Compulsory courses such as Math, English and Science should be taken in this term. 

Semester two Students continue taking high school classes at Winnipeg Adult Education Centre (WAEC) and begin the Education Assistant Diploma Program (EADP) at University of Winnipeg. In the mornings they are in the EADP program. In the afternoons they are at WAEC taking high school classes.

Year 2, Grade 12
Semester 1
Students continue at WAEC and University of Winnipeg. EADP will be completed.

Semester 2
Students return to their respective high schools to finish remaining Grade 12 credits.

Students Graduate with High School Diploma and EADP Diploma.

Year 3-6
University of Winnipeg and Winnipeg School Division
Students are assigned to a Winnipeg School Division school part time as an Education Assistant.

The students will attend U of W completing their Integrated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees.

What’s provided:

  • Tuition to U of W
  • Monthly Bus Pass
  • Cultural Activities
  • Mentors
  • Summer Job Opportunities

Student Responsibilities

  • Identify a family or guardian who will commit to participating in the program as support.
  • Work with a mentor.
  • Participate in cultural activities.
  • Meet quarterly with their team: family, teacher, mentor to set quarterly goals.
  • Work as an Education Assistant for WSD
  • Commit to an academically challenging program.
  • Once employed as teachers for WSD - commit to being a mentor for upcoming students.

How to apply:

Contact your Principal, Teacher, Grad Coach or Guidance Counsellor for the application,
and once completed, send it to:

Shane Bostrom, Project Manager For more information call:

(204) 786-1401 ext. 540


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