Indigenous Student Awards

Submissions for 2020 awards are no longer being accepted as the deadline has passed. Recipients will be announced in October.

Stay tuned as submissions for 2021 awards will open in August/September 2021. Please check back then.

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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 scholarships of $2,000 each to be paid towards tuition at the recipients’ schools.

  • Applicants must be B.C. residents who identify as Indigenous
  • Applicants must be enrolled in full-time studies at a 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.

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

    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Phone Number
    • Are you a full time student? Yes or No
    • Name of educational institution
    • Expected graduation year

    Applicants must provide:

    • A resumé with names of two references and their contact phone number/email
    • A statement (100 words) describing your connection to the Indigenous community
    • An essay (400 words) on why Indigenous voices are important to the future of journalism in Canada and how your stories could contribute to truth and reconciliation.

    Applications will be accepted in August/September 2021 for students who are enrolling in their journalism school program (at institutions as listed above) for the 2021/22 academic year.