The Indigenous Awards of Excellence recognize Indigenous students, faculty and support staff who are going above and beyond to make the University of Manitoba (UM) an inclusive and supportive learning environment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recipients will be honoured virtually, until it is safe to celebrate them in person. The nomination deadline is Monday, February 8, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Indigenous Awards of Excellence Indigenous Students Awards

  • Taylor Galvin accepts Indigenous Award of Excellence
  • There are three categories for the Indigenous Student Awards. Please read the criteria carefully to ensure that you are nominating your candidate in the best-suited category. A minimum of one student will be selected for each category. A total of six awards will be given across all categories.

Indigenous Student Award – Community Builder

This award will go to an Indigenous student who:
•    Is considered a role model/mentor, demonstrating high standards of integrity and respect
•    Builds relationships and community through developing respect, support and trust
•    Makes connections with Indigenous communities, groups and organizations on and/or off campus
•    Demonstrates initiative in advancing Indigenous engagement at the U of M

Download the Indigenous Student Award - Community Builder application here. 

Indigenous Student Award – Trailblazer

This award will go to an Indigenous student who:
•    Demonstrates visionary thinking grounded in truth and courage that has resulted in advancing Indigenous engagement at the U of M 
•    Breaks down barriers for future generations
•    Demonstrates leadership by example and is a role model for their peers
•    Walks with integrity and humility

Download the Indigenous Student Award - Trailblazer application here. 

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 considered a full-time student in their program during the 2020-2021 academic year, and must have obtained a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the Fall 2020 term. The student also:
•    Is actively engaged both inside and outside of their classes
•    Promotes a positive learning environment
•    Demonstrates initiative in advancing Indigenous engagement at the U of M
•    Walks with integrity and humility

Download the Indigenous Student Award - Outstanding Achievement application here.
 

Indigenous Awards of Excellence Indigenous Faculty Awards

  • Brenda Lafreniere is honoured at the Indigenous Awards of Excellence.
  • There are two categories for the Indigenous Faculty Awards. Please read the criteria carefully to ensure that you are nominating your candidate in the best-suited category. Up to two awards in total will be given: one to a junior faculty (fewer than 10 years of service) and one to a lifetime faculty (10 or more years of service). In the Faculty category, any self-declared Indigenous UM employee in the following positions can be nominated:

    Professors
    Associate Professors
    Assistant Professors
    Full-Time Lecturers
    Senior Instructors
    Instructors II
    Instructors I
    Librarians
    Associate Librarians
    Assistant Librarians
    General Librarians

Indigenous Faculty Award – Trailblazer

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

Download the Indigenous Faculty Award - Trailblazer here. 

Indigenous Faculty Award – Community Builder

This award will go to an Indigenous faculty member who:

•    Is considered a mentor and creates spaces in which Indigenous students, faculty and staff succeed
•    Builds a culturally rich, safe and supportive learning and work environment
•    Exceeds expectations to advance Indigenous engagement at the U of M 

Download the Indigenous Faculty Award - Community Builder here.

Indigenous Awards of Excellence Indigenous Support Staff Awards

  • Brenda DiUbaldo is honoured at the Indigenous Awards of Excellence
  • In the Support Staff category, any self-declared Indigenous UM employee who does not fall into the Faculty category can be nominated. There are two categories for the Indigenous Support Staff Awards. Up to two awards in total will be given: one to a staff member who has served fewer than 10 years and one with 10 or more years of service.

Indigenous Support Staff Award – Community Builder

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

Download the Indigenous Support Staff Award - Community Builder application here. 

Indigenous Support Staff Award – Trailblazer

This award will go to an Indigenous support staff member who:
•    Demonstrates visionary thinking grounded in truth and courage that has resulted in advancing Indigenous engagement at the U of M 
•    Breaks down barriers for future generations
•    Demonstrates leadership by example and is a role model 
•    Walks with integrity and humility

Download the Indigenous Support Staff Award - Trailblazer application here. 

FAQ

Who can nominate an Indigenous student, faculty or staff member for an award?

Any support staff, faculty or student from the U of M may submit a nomination. You may not nominate yourself. Support letters can be from individuals outside of the UM.

How do I nominate an Indigenous student, faculty or 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 per year. Past recipients are not eligible to win again.

Step two: Download and complete the PDF for the award for which you are submitting a nomination. If you experience any problems, please contact indigenous.engagement@umanitoba.ca. Please provide specific examples that describe how the nominee’s contributions relate to the criteria. Please provide details that demonstrate the impact the candidate has made. You may use point form. The selection committee will only consider information that is included in the nomination package, so please complete your nomination in full and in alignment with the awards criteria. 

Step three: You may attach up to two one-page letters of support from other support staff, faculty, students, or community supporters 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.

Step four: Email your completed PDF and support letters to indigenous.engagement@umanitoba.ca.
 

When is the deadline?

All nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021.

Contact Us

Indigenous Engagement 
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University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada