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Indigenous Education & Community Connections

Awards

Want financial help for your education?

IECC, in partnership with the Camosun College Foundation, offers a series of awards to outstanding students. Learn about the award criteria and complete an application.

All Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections awards have the following requirements.

You must:

  • be currently registered as a student at Camosun College
  • have Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, or Native American) ancestry
  • have a GPA of 2.5 or equivalent (unless otherwise stated in the award criteria)
  • complete the application form, including all additional criteria

You can apply for more than one award on a single application form for each application deadline date (October, January, May and Apply anytime). Complete the general award application form (with one exception – there is a separate application for the Anthany Dawson Award). Please note: If the deadline occurs on a weekend, applications will be accepted until 4pm on the Monday.

Award Deadlines

The Winter 2021 awards application deadline has been extended to the end of the day on February 10.


Emergency Assistance

We know that some students may experience unexpected financial crises, or may have to take sudden trips home because of deaths or other tragedies. Donors to the ĆENEṈITEL Emergency Bursary, and the Dorothy Price Treasure Box portfolio, have made it possible for us to provide limited emergency support to students in crisis. Examples of a crisis would be fire, flood, medical, or a death in the family.

This kind of help may also be available through the Aboriginal Emergency Assistance Fund established by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Students do not apply directly for emergency assistance. If you find yourself in crisis, see an Indigenous Advisor. Or, if you’re in a community-based program at the Saanich Adult Education Centre, Victoria Native Friendship Centre, or the Songhees Learning Centre, see the instructional assistant.

Apply by October 30 - 12pm

The Allen and Loreen Vandekerkhove Family Foundation Bursary for Indigenous Health & Human Services Students

This award is available to Health or Human Services programs students. Priority is given to students who entered Camosun College through the Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions process. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: a self-written letter outlining your goals and dreams about working with Indigenous people in a health or human services related field, a letter of reference from a teacher or community member talking about your dedication to education and community wellness. Please submit proof of grades prior to entering your program (if you are in your first semester of studies at Camosun College). You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be considered.

Eligibility
Indigenous Health or Human Services students
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm
Ceremony
November

Donor

We raise our hands to the Allen and Loreen Vandekerkhove Family Foundation which arranged this ongoing award.

Anthany Dawson Justice Award

This award is available to full-time Indigenous students who are Canadian citizens, have a GPA of at least 2.0 and are in a program related to justice. Eligible programs include Community, Family & Child Studies; Community Mental Health; Community Support & Education Assistant; Criminal Justice; Indigenous Family Support; Indigenous Studies; relevant Associate of Arts or Science Degrees; or University Transfer. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: self-written one-page letter that includes personal background, family origin, career and academic profile and goals and the name and contact information for an Elder or Indigenous community leader for a verbal reference. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need is not a factor in selection.

Eligibility
Indigenous students enrolled in programs related to justice
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm
Ceremony
November

Donor

The Anthany Dawson Justice Award was established in the memory of Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw artist, Anthany Dawson, who died, tragically, in 1999.

Becoming Award

This award is available to female Indigenous students in the process of reclaiming or strengthening their knowledge and practice of Indigenous values and teachings. In addition to common criteria, you must be a female Indigenous student at Camosun College, be in the process of reclaiming or strengthening your knowledge and practice of Indigenous values and teachings, have a life dream that you are pursuing, have financial need, provide a self-written letter that describes how you meet the criteria and submit a reference letter provided by someone other than immediate family. Financial need will be strongly taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Female Indigenous students
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm
Ceremony
November

Donor

We raise our hands to the late Ms. Gillian Sanderson, who spent the latter part of her life in Victoria, BC. Gillian was an activist for women's issues for a long-time.  She wanted this award to encourage students who are in process of reclaiming their strength and potential as Indigenous women.

In Gillian's words, "this award is a settler woman's appreciation for Indigenous ways of being".

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Victoria Centennial Endowment Fund

This award is available to Indigenous women entering the Indigenous Business Leadership (IBL) or similar program. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: self-written letter outlining your career goals, and a letter of reference from a former instructor, employer or community member talking about your commitment to education. Priority is given to a single mother or grandmother. If no such candidate can be found, the award can go to a non-parenting woman. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be strongly taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Female Indigenous students entering Indigenous Business Leadership or similar
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm
Ceremony
November

Donor

We raise our hands to the Canadian Federation of University Women, who established this award for a single mother or grandmother who is in the first year of the Indigenous Business Leadership or similar program.

CFUW Peggy and Murray Matheson Award

This award will assist a woman in taking, or continuing, Indigenous course work at Camosun College. Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants who work at, or volunteer with, a non-profit organization that undertakes to improve the lives of Indigenous people.

Eligibility
Indigenous woman in Indigenous studies
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm
Ceremony
November

Donor

This award is made possible by a unique partnership between the Canadian Federation of University Women -Victoria and the United Way of Greater Victoria and generously supported by the Horner Foundation.

Deld'alus Te Ten Award

This award is available to an Indigenous student who is also a parent or primary caregiver. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: self-written letter outlining your responsibilities as a parent or caregiver and a letter of reference from a community member or former instructor talking about your commitment to education. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be strongly taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Indigenous students who are parents or primary caregivers
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm
Ceremony
November

Donor

We raise our hands to the late Dorothy Price who left a very generous gift of ongoing support for Indigenous students at Camosun College. The name of this award is SENĆOŦEN for "the arms of mother". Recognizing the emotional and spiritual aspects of students' lives, this award is for parents who have children living with them.

Eulau Howard Memorial Award

This award is available to Indigenous students who are generous to community with their time and energy. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: self-written letter outlining your dedication to community service and a letter of reference from a community member talking about your dedication to community service. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will also be taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Indigenous students involved in community service
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm
Ceremony
November

Donor

We raise our hands to the late Mr. Art Howard who provided for this ongoing award in memory of his wife, Eulau.

M'Akola Housing Society Award

This award is available to off-reserve Indigenous students who are committed to their education. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: self-written letter outlining your education and career goals, as well as a letter of reference from a community member or instructor talking about your commitment to education. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be strongly taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Off-reserve Indigenous students
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm
Ceremony
November

Donor

We raise our hands to M'Akola Housing Society, and former executive director, Linda Ross, who took the initiative to develop this award.

Nagweyaab Rainbow Award

This award is available to LGBTQ+ 2 Spirited students of Indigenous ancestry who are studying at Camosun College within the last 12 months leading up to the IECC Ceremonies. The Nagweyaab Rainbow Award celebrates students who offer help and support, with a greater good in mind, to other students and their communities. The student must demonstrate service, commitment, and contribution towards the community to which they belong. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: a self-written letter detailing their life aspirations, and a letter of reference from a leader or other member of the community to which they belong. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony.

Eligibility
LGBTQ+ Two-Spirited Indigenous students
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm *Deadline has been extended to Nov 17 noon
Ceremony
November

Donor

We raise our hands to Al Morrison who took the initiative to develop this award.

Winona Wood Memorial Award

This award is available to Indigenous women in any program who plan to become more self-sufficient as a result of their education. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: self-written letter outlining your educational goals and how you are going to become more self-sufficient as a result of your education. Please include a letter of reference from a community member or instructor talking about your commitment to your education. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Female Indigenous students
Process
Application
Deadline
October 30 - 12pm
Ceremony
November

Donor

We raise our hands to the late Ms Winona Wood who donated this ongoing gift to Indigenous women attending Camosun College.

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Apply by January 22

BC Transit Award

Criteria: to recognize an Indigenous student in any program who demonstrates leadership. This student will demonstrate an ability to excel in customer service, shows interests for sustainability, displays strong teamwork, and has shown community involvement. Applicants must include a personal letter that speaks to their eligibility and a letter of reference from an employer or community leader.

Eligibility
Indigenous students in any program who demonstrates leadership
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

 

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) – Saanich Peninsula Award for First Nations Women

This award is available to female Indigenous students who are enrolled in a degree program, or university transfer or a professional studies program. The student must be enrolled in the final year before graduating with a degree or transferring to university. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: You must be enrolled in your final year of degree studies or transferring to university and have a minimum 2.5 GPA or 3.5 GPA in the most recent semester. Please submit a self-written letter outlining education and employment goals and reason for applying and a letter of reference from a community member or instructor attesting to your commitment to your studies and career goal. Preference given to an Indigenous women living on the Saanich Peninsula. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Female Indigenous students in degree, university transfer or professional studies
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

Donor

We raise our hands to the members of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) of the Saanich Peninsula Branch who provide this gift annually.

David Vickers Award for Indigenous Students

This award is available to Indigenous students who demonstrate commitment to their culture and heritage, as well as to their communities, however they define them. Their application will demonstrate this commitment as well as a dedication to finding contemporary solutions that honour Indigenous culture, balanced with the interests and needs of Canadian society as a whole. In addition to common criteria, please observe the following: a self-written letter outlining your commitment to physical wellness, a letter of reference from a community member or instructor talking about your commitment to wellness. Successful applicants will demonstrate their ability to "walk in both worlds. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be taken into consideration but is not the primary criteria.

Eligibility
Indigenous students who demonstrate a commitment to their culture, heritage and community
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

Donor

We raise our hands to the Vickers family for establishing this gift in honour of the late David Vickers.

First Unitarian Church of Victoria Fund for Indigenous Students

This award is available to Indigenous students who have overcome great obstacles in order to attend college. In addition to common criteria, please submit a self-written letter outlining how you changed your life for the better and how you are going to use education to keep moving towards the better and a letter of reference from a community member or instructor attesting to your life changes and commitment to education. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be considered.

Eligibility
Indigenous students who have overcome great obstacles to attend college
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

Donor

We raise our hands to the First Unitarian Church of Victoria which provides this gift annually.

Mino-Ayaa Wellness Award

This award is available to Indigenous students who demonstrate commitment to their own or others' physical wellness. In addition to common criteria, please submit a self-written letter outlining your commitment to physical wellness, as well as a letter of reference from teacher or community member talking about your commitment to wellness. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony.

Eligibility
Indigenous students who demonstrate a commitment to wellness
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

Donor

We raise our hands to the late Dorothy Price who left a very generous gift of ongoing support for Indigenous students at Camosun College. The name of this award is Anishinaabemowin for "he or she is well". It recognizes physical wellbeing in students' lives.

Orca Masonry Award for Indigenous Trades Students

Criteria: The beneficiaries of this gift are students of Indigenous ancestry who have studied in a Camosun College trades program within the 12 months. The award celebrates students determination and commitment to their trade. In addition to the common criteria, please submit a letter outlining your commitments to the trade you are studying, and the barriers or challenges you have faced in enrolling or staying in your program, a letter from an instructor, student support provider, or work supervisor attesting to the your commitment to the trade you are studying, and an interest in or engagement with your Indigenous identity

Eligibility
Students of Indigenous ancestry who have studied in a Camosun College trades program within the 12 months
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

 

Sign of the Times Award

Two awards will be provided to Indigenous business students in diploma or degree programs.  Financial need will be considered

Eligibility
Indigenous students in any program who demonstrates leadership
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

 

Songhees Nation Award

This award is available to students who are funded by the Songhees Nation. In addition to common criteria, please submit a self-written letter outlining your commitment to education and your plans to work with the Songhees community following graduation, as well as a letter of reference from a Songhees community member that talks about your dedication to the community. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be considered.

Eligibility
Indigenous students funded by the Songhees Nation
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

Donor

We raise our hands to the late Dorothy Price who left a very generous gift of ongoing support for Indigenous students at Camosun College.

Tsa Qwa Supp Award for Nuu-chah-nulth students

This award is available to students who are descendants of one of the 15 Nuu-chah-nulth tribes, Pacheedaht, or Makah First Nations. In addition to common criteria, please submit a self-written letter outlining your commitment to Nuu-chah-nulth peoples and education, as well as a letter of reference from a community member about your qualities. The letter should not be from an immediate relative. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Grades and financial need will be considered.

Eligibility
Indigenous students (Nuu-chah-nulth, Pacheedaht or Makah)
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

Donor

We raise our hands to the late Art Thompson (Tsa Qwa Supp) who provided this ongoing gift.

First Nations Health Authority – Island Health Partners in Wellness Scholarship

This award is available to Indigenous full time students (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) enrolled in one of the following programs: Unit Clerk, Health Care Assistant, Community Mental Health Worker, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Medical Radiography, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Interprofessional Mental Health & Addictions. First consideration will be given to Indigenous students from Vancouver Island, second from within BC and third within Canada. In addition to common criteria, please submit a self-written letter attesting to your goals and dreams about working as a health care professional. You should have a minimum GPA of 4.0. Preference will be given to Indigenous students from Vancouver Island. If none apply, then Indigenous students from across BC and then Canada will be considered. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be strongly taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Indigenous student registered in a full time health program
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

Donor

We raise our hands to the First Nations Health Authority and Island Health for providing this annual scholarship to Indigenous students enrolled in various health programs at the College.

W̱SÁNEĆ School Board Award

This award is available to all W̱SÁNEĆ students in full-time programs at Camosun College. In addition to common criteria, please submit a self-written letter outlining your commitment to education and your plans to work with the W̱SÁNEĆ community following graduation, as well as a letter of reference from a W̱SÁNEĆ community member that talks about your dedication to the community. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need will be considered.

Eligibility
W̱SÁNEĆ students in full-time programs
Process
Application
Deadline
January 22
Ceremony
March

Donor

We raise our hands to the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board which provides this gift annually.

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Apply by May 15

Treasure Box Award in Memory of James Dick

This award is available to Indigenous students who are knowledgeable and generous with cultural teachings. In addition to common criteria, please submit a self-written letter outlining your educational goals and work with culture and sharing culture, as well as a letter of reference from a community member talking about your commitment to education and dedication to culture. You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Indigenous students who are generous with their cultural knowledge
Process
Application
Deadline
May 15
Ceremony
September

Donor

We raise our hands to the late Dorothy Price who left us the ability to offer this award, and we remember with love and gratitude, Jim Dick, who was a teacher to our department, who welcomed us to this land and work.

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Apply at any time

Coast Salish Employment & Training Society (CSETS) Award for Coast Salish Trades students

This award is available to Coast Salish students in a Trade program. In addition to common criteria, please submit a self-written letter of 200 to 250 words that outlines your goals in your trade. Financial need will be considered.

Eligibility
Coast Salish students in a Trade program
Process
Application
Deadline
Open, based on need

Donor

We raise our hands to the Coast Salish Employment and Training Society (CSETS) for providing support to Coast Salish students enrolled in trades programs at Camosun College.

Yaay'us

This award is available to Indigenous students who need a short-term course to further their educational or employment goals. In addition to common criteria, please submit a self-written letter of 250-300 words that outlines your short-term training and how it relates to your educational goals. Financial need will be taken into consideration.

Eligibility
Indigenous students taking a short-term course
Process
Application
Deadline
Open, based on need

Faculty/staff nomination

Indigenous Studies Achievement Award

This award is part of the Dorothy Price Treasure Box of Awards for Indigenous Students. Mrs. Price recognized the needs of Indigenous people who are seeking education to benefit their lives and their communities. In 1997, at her passing, she left an extraordinarily generous gift to Camosun to support Indigenous students. This award is given to the person with the highest academic GPA and who is in an Indigenous program.

Eligibility
Highest GPA attending an Indigenous program
Process
Faculty/staff nomination
Deadline
April 30
Ceremony
June

Donor

We raise our hands to the late Dorothy Price who left a very generous gift of ongoing support for Indigenous students at Camosun College.

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