Indigenous Student Awards

Announcing the 2021 Student Journalism Award recipients. 

Applications for 2022 awards will be accepted as of late August 2022. 

Until then review what you need to do to be prepared to apply by reviewing the information on this page.

In its landmark 2015 report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called on the media and journalism schools to address the lack of cultural awareness and knowledge about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Supporting and encouraging Indigenous journalism students is a meaningful way for the Foundation to respond to this call to action.

With support from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, the Foundation will grant up to three awards of $2,000 each to be paid towards tuition at the recipients’ schools.

Presented By:

  • Applicants must be B.C. residents who identify as Indigenous
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in the current fall and spring terms in any year at an eligible B.C. post-secondary journalism program
  • Eligible journalism programs are at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, Thompson Rivers University,  and the University of British Columbia.
  • A student is also eligible if they already hold a postsecondary degree and enrolled as per above.

Fill out the online application. You will be asked for the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Phone Number/Email
  • Are you a full time student? Yes or No?
  • Name of educational institution
  • Expected graduation year
  • Upload reference letter #1 from someone who explains why they think you should receive this award, including their name, email, phone number
  • Upload reference letter #2 from someone else who explains why they thin you should receive this award, including their name, email, phone number
  • Upload two pieces of journalism (published or not) that you have written/created– print/audio/video accepted, audio and video to be no more than 30 minutes each
  • Upload your resume
  • Opportunity to share additional information regarding challenges/obstacles you face that receiving this award would mitigate
  • Upload an essay of not more than 500 words addressing the following questions, not necessarily in this order:
  • –How would you describe your connections and contributions to your Indigenous community?
  • –What made you choose journalism as a career path?
  • –Where do you hope it will lead you?
  • –Which journalist’s work do you most admire and why?
  • Without exceeding the  the word count, feel free to weave in additional points that will demonstrate to the judges your suitability for this award.

Recipients will be announced in October.


Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award paid directly to their post-secondary institution.