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Norway House

Irvin Swanson
Regional Centre Coordinator
The Norway House UCN Regional Centre is located in the northern reserve of Norway House Cree Nation at the north east end of Lake Winnipeg, at the mouth of the Nelson River; 460 air kilometers north of Winnipeg, and 196 kilometers south of Thompson, MB. Norway House is comprised of two communities adjacent to each other, the Cree Nation (Indian reserve) and Non- status community (Metis Community & Non Status).
Norway House is one of the largest First Nation communities in Manitoba with a population of approximately 8000 members. Norway House has a rich history and played a fundamental role in the fur trade era. It first emerged as a significant post in 1821 when the Hudson's Bay Company and the Northwest Company merged and established a fur-trading post near the outlet of Lake Winnipeg in 1814. The Norway House post was named after Norwegian labourers who built the post in recognition for their exceptional building skills. In 1954, Norway House was designated a Canadian National Historic Site recognizing the remnants of the old buildings of the former Hudson’s Bay Company.  Archway – built in 1840-41. Jail- built in 1855-56 – Ruins of Powder Magazine built in 1837-38 – These buildings still stand today.
Today, Norway House Cree Nation is recognized as a progressive community and boasts a large number of amenities, including a hospital, personal care home, state-of-the-art educational facility, post-secondary facility, public works facilities, Pharmacy, Dental Clinic, bus transportation, Cellular & Communications System, York Boat Inn and Diner, Kistapinanihk Shopping Mall, Kinosao Sipi Multiplex Recreation Centre, Entertainment Centre, Broadband and Funeral Home.
The UCN Regional Centre opened its doors in 2004. The UCN Regional centre shares space with the NHCN Education Division in the 56,000 square-foot Norway House Cree Nation Education Centre. In addition to the Regional Centre, located beside the main building, is the UCN Trades Training Building – built in 2011-2012 by UCN – the 5,000 sq ft building has hosted the following programs; electrical, plumbing, auto technician, heavy duty mechanic, small motor repair and carpentry.
An Advisory Board was created to assist in program delivery. The board consists of four community members and two members from UCN.
The University College of the North Regional Centre is committed to providing quality education and programs to enable students to become self sufficient and become contributing members to the socio-economic development of their communities and society.
The regional centre exceeds 100 students registered in various programs including adult education (MSP), college certificate and diploma programs, and university degrees such as the Bachelor of Arts and Kenanow Bachelor of Education programs.  
Regional Centre Amenities
  • 12 classrooms
  • 2 computer labs
  • 3 video conference rooms
  • UCN/NHCN Public Library
  • Cafeteria/Kitchen
  • Carpentry Shop
  • Gymnasium
  • Office Space

Support Services - UCN:

  • RC Coordinator
  • Learning Technology Facilitator - To assist with Video Conference delivery of courses
  • On site Instructors
  • Academic Advisors & Counselors
  • Computer Access
  • Program Monitors
  • Library Access for students and community members
Norway House Creen Nation (NHCN) Education:
  • NHCN Education Centre (providing space for Regional centre)
  • Funding for students and training programs
  • Post Secondary Counselors
  • Administration Staff -  Provides various students as well as training and job support services
  • Custodial
  • Security and Maintenance
  • Adult Ed & Mature Student Program (with Frontier School Division)
  • Creating partnerships with other training institutions & organizations both locally and external 


  • The Pas Campus Box 3000, 436 - 7th Street East, The Pas, MB R9A 1M7 Telephone: (204) 627-8500 / Toll Free: (866) 627-8500
  • Thompson Campus 55 UCN Drive, Thompson, MB R8N 1L7 Telephone: (204) 677-6450 / Toll Free: (866) 677-6450
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