The University of Winnipeg plans to offer a new 15-week work-study program based in the city's North End next summer.

Partly funded by the City of Winnipeg, the program would employ about 20 students at a North End or inner city organization from May to August for university credit and wages.

One day a week would be allocated to participating in ceremonies and sweat lodges as well as learning from indigenous and faith-based leaders.

The program was created in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report recommendation that "all Canadians, as treaty peoples, share responsibility for establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships."

Mayor Brian Bowman made a promise to increase engagement with universities during his 2014 election campaign.

The city's 2016 budget, tabled last week, included a recommendation that city council approve $200,000 grants for the program in 2017 and 2018 budget projections.

That budget still has to be approved by city council.