Indigenous Awards of Excellence

The Office of Indigenous Engagement is pleased to announce two new categories for the Indigenous Awards of Excellence. In 2017, three awards were created to celebrate the exceptional achievements and contributions of Indigenous students. The awards will now also recognize Indigenous faculty and Indigenous support staff (non-academic) who are going above and beyond to make the University of Manitoba an inclusive and supportive learning environment. The recipients will be honoured at an afternoon celebration that will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018 during Indigenous Awareness Month. The nomination deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
*These are not monetary awards.


Indigenous Awards of Excellence Details

Please refer to the below for details on these awards.


Indigenous Student Awards

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.

What is the criteria?

Indigenous Student Award – Community Builder (up to two awards)

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

Indigenous Student Award – Trailblazer (up to two awards)

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

Indigenous Student Award – Outstanding Achievement (up to two awards)

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 2017/2018 academic year, and must have obtained a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the Fall 2017 term. The student also demonstrates:

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

Selection committee:

The selection committee for the Indigenous Student Awards will consist of:

  • The Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)
  • The Co-ordinator of Indigenous Achievement
  • Three other self-declared Indigenous academic or staff members

Indigenous Faculty and Support Staff Awards

Who is eligible?

In the Faculty category, any self-declared Indigenous U of M employee in the following positions can be nominated. Two awards will be given.

One to:

  • Full-Time Academics
  • Professors
  • Associate Professors
  • Assistant Professors
  • Full-Time Lecturers
  • Academic Librarians
  • Instructors I, II and Senior Instructors (except GFT's in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences)

And one to:

  • Sessional Instructors, Instructors and Librarians
  • Lecturers/Instructors, Teaching Assistants, Graders/Markers
  • GFT's in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

In the Support Staff category, any self-declared Indigenous U of M employee who does not fall into the Faculty category may be nominated.

What is the criteria?

Indigenous Faculty Award Trailblazer (two awards)

This award will go to an Indigenous faculty member who:

  • Advances Indigenous pedagogy, research and scholarship
  • Fosters a greater understanding of Indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditions amongst students, staff and faculty
  • Demonstrates visionary thinking that has resulted in advancing Indigenous engagement at the U of M with a continuing impact.

Indigenous Support Staff Award – Community Builder (two awards)

This award will go to an Indigenous support staff member who:

  • Strengthens connections with Indigenous communities both on and off campus
  • Builds a culturally rich, safe and supportive learning and work environment
  • Creates a space in which Indigenous students, faculty and staff succeed
  • Goes above and beyond to advance Indigenous engagement at the U of M through programming and initiatives

Selection committees:

The selection committee for the Indigenous Faculty Award will consist of:

  • The Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)
  • Two self-declared Indigenous Academic staff members (Full-Time Academics, Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Lecturers, Academic Librarians, Instructors I, II, Senior Instructors and/or Sessional Instructors).

The selection committee for the Indigenous Support Staff Award will consist of:

  • The Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)
  • Two self-declared Indigenous Academic or support staff members

Who can nominate an Indigenous student, faculty or support staff member for an Indigenous Award of Excellence?

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


How do I nominate an Indigenous student, faculty or support staff member?

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

Step two: Please fill out the online nomination form in UMCommunityLINK. If you have not used this system before, you can sign in using your UMnetID, which will activate your account. If you experience any problems with the login process, please contact ccr@umanitoba.ca. 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 upload up to two one-page letters of support from other support 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.


When is the deadline?

All nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018.


For any questions please email Indigenous.Engagement@umanitoba.ca