Indigenous Student Awards of Excellence

The Office of Indigenous Achievement is pleased to announce the first annual Indigenous Student Awards of Excellence! These awards have been created to celebrate the exceptional achievements and contributions of Indigenous students who are going above and beyond to make the University of Manitoba an inclusive and supportive learning environment. The recipients will be students who have been nominated by staff, faculty or students at the U of M. They will be honoured at an afternoon celebration that will take place on Friday, March 24, 2017 during Indigenous Awareness Week.

One winner will be selected in each of three categories: Community Builder, Outstanding Achievement, and Trailblazer.


Nominating a student for the Indigenous Student Awards of Excellence:

Who is eligible?
Any Indigenous student who is currently enrolled in classes (full-time or part-time) at the U of M. Please note that one of the categories requires full-time enrolment.

Who can nominate an Indigenous student?
Any staff, faculty or student from the U of M may nominate an Indigenous student.

How do I nominate an Indigenous student?
There are three steps involved in nominating a student:

Step one:
Contact the candidate to receive permission to nominate them for an award. Ask the student if anyone else is nominating them for an Indigenous Student Award of Excellence. Each student may only be nominated once.

Step two: Fill out the nomination form. The nomination form plays a critical role in informing the selection committee about the impact of your nominee. Please fill out the form thoughtfully. You may use point form to list the nominee's contributions. A few well thought out points that demonstrate contributions directly related to the criteria will be viewed more favourably than a large number of points that do not as clearly relate to the criteria or demonstrate an impact.

Step three:
You may submit up to two one-page letters of support from other staff, faculty or students to accompany the nomination. It is helpful to share the criteria for the award with those providing the letters so that their examples are informed by the criteria. These letters offer an opportunity to show the contributions of the nominee from different perspectives. The impact of the letter is not weighed by the status of the individual providing the letter, but more on their ability to speak about the contributions the nominee has made.


Award Criteria:

Indigenous Student Award - Community Builder

This award will go to an Indigenous student who:

  • Serves as a role model
  • Demonstrates high standards of integrity and is respected
  • Promotes collaboration and a sense of collegiality
  • Demonstrates initiative in advancing Indigenous engagement at the U of M
  • Promotes a positive learning environment, characterized by respect, support, and trust

Please describe how the nominee fits this criteria, and provide examples that illustrate the nominee's exceptional contributions to the U of M's campus community.

Community Builder: online nomination form
or
Downloadable PDF version

Indigenous Student Award - Outstanding Achievement

This award will go to an Indigenous student who has achieved high academic standing and contributes to the community. This student must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per term during the 2016/2017 academic year, and must have obtained a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the Fall 2016 term.

This student also demonstrates:

  • High motivation
  • Initiative in advancing Indigenous engagement at the U of M
  • Leadership
  • Integrity

Please describe how the nominee fits this criteria, and provide examples that illustrate the nominee's exceptional contributions to the U of M's campus community.

Outstanding Achievement online nomination form
or
Downloadable PDF version

Indigenous Student Award - Trailblazer

This award will go to an Indigenous student who demonstrates:

  • Visionary thinking that has resulted in advancing Indigenous engagement at the U of M with a continuing impact
  • Leadership by example
  • Mentorship
  • Collegiality
  • Integrity

Please describe how the nominee fits this criteria, and provide examples that illustrate the nominee's exceptional contributions to the U of M's campus community.

Trailblazer online nomination form
or
Downloadable PDF version

If I have questions who should I contact?
You can direct questions to:
Ruth Shead
Coordinator, Indigenous Achievement
ruth.shead@umanitoba.ca
204-474-6747

or (on or between February 2-10, 2017)
Justin Rasmussen
Student Advisor, Indigenous Student Centre
justin.rasmussen@umanitoba.ca
204-318-2927

Where do I send the nomination?
Nominations complete online will automatically be submitted, or you can complete the downloadable PDF version and email it to:
ruth.shead@umanitoba.ca
Letters of support may also be sent to ruth.shead@umanitoba.ca

What is the deadline?
All nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. on February 28, 2017.

All Nominations must be received by
4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

You can direct questions to:
Ruth Shead
Coordinator, Indigenous Achievement
ruth.shead@umanitoba.ca
204-474-6747

or (on or between February 2-10, 2017)
Justin Rasmussen
Student Advisor, Indigenous Student Centre
justin.rasmussen@umanitoba.ca
204-318-2927

Where do I send the nomination?
Nominations completed online will automatically be submitted, or you can complete the downloadable PDF version and email it to:
ruth.shead@umanitoba.ca
Letters of support may also be sent to ruth.shead@umanitoba.ca