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U of W's Indigenous, MDP programs get boost from Silver family donation

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The University of Winnipeg is celebrating a private and a corporate gift of $250,000 made by Bob Silver, chancellor of the U of W, co-owner of the Winnipeg Free Press and president of Western Glove Works (Silver Jeans) and his wife, Kim Silver. The Silvers' donations mark the largest gift to the Master’s in Development Practice Fellowships ($150,000) and the founding gift in support of UWinnipeg’s Indigenous Inclusion Initiative ($100,000).

A reception to honour Silver was held on campus where U of W president Lloyd Axworthy presented him with the University’s Community Learning Award. Several dignitaries gathered to recognize the chancellor’s commitment to development practice and Indigenous inclusion at the U of W.

"The University’s Community Learning Award recognizes the continued generosity of Chancellor Silver. He has shown incredible commitment to bridging the education gap and fostering ingenuity in advancing and broadening higher education through his support of the MDP program, Indigenous programs and the Opportunity Fund," said Axworthy. "He has been a great leader of community learning and we’re grateful for his commitment."

A release said "The MDP is an innovative, rigorous 24-month program, which aims to train aspiring practitioners to understand and manage development challenges in a sustainable way. UWinnipeg is part of a prestigious network of 26 leading universities around the world who offer the MDP, linked together by the Earth Institute at Columbia University. At The University of Winnipeg, the MDP uniquely focuses on Indigenous development, integrating Indigenous knowledge and experience throughout its multi-disciplinary curriculum. Students complete both a Canadian and an international field placement, learning directly from practitioners of Indigenous development."

"This portion of the gift recognizes outstanding full-time students enrolled in the MDP program, helping to defray the cost of tuition and enabling them to further their theoretical and practical knowledge in Indigenous Development."

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