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Indigenous Shining Student Award Nominations

Do you know a Grade 10 to 12 student of First Nations, Métis or Inuit heritage who is pursuing their goal despite challenges? Nominate them for the 2017 Indigenous Shining Student Award.


The Indigenous Shining Student Award is awarded annually to a First Nations, Métis or Inuit student who demonstrates leadership and inspires others through embracing and respecting an aboriginal perspective or worldview from an aboriginal perspective, by:

  • Pursuing his/her goal or dream despite challenges

  • Persevering in his/her studies

  • Maintaining a positive outlook on his/her future opportunities

  • Promoting his/her heritage and culture

  • Providing leadership within a cultural perspective

  • Embracing and respecting the heritage of all.


The First Nations, Métis or Inuit student is enrolled in Grade 10 –12 program in

  • a school operated by an Alberta school board, or

  • a school operated by a First Nations Education Authority

and who exemplifies the characteristics listed above.


The student can be nominated by a student, teacher, principal, superintendent, trustee, or school staff. Nominations must provide details on how the student excels in each of the six areas noted above (these details will be kept confidential). Nominations must be received by February 28 and include:

  • a letter outlining why the individual is deserving of recognition

  • at least one additional letter of recommendation.

Nominations will be considered by a committee comprised of one representative from each of the education partner organizations - Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA), Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA), Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), Alberta Education FNMI Field Services Branch and one person appointed by the Education Partners’ Task Force.

The successful candidate will receive opportunity to attend a youth conference on leadership and change. Financial support will include registration cost, travel and accommodation, and reasonable expenses to attend. The recipient will also be recognized in their home community or school at a locally arranged event. 

Click here for a nomination form.

Submission deadline is 4:30 pm on February 28, 2017.