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SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards of Excellence

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The SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards of Excellence celebrate outstanding achievement in our young people. The Wicihitowin Foundation established the awards in 1997 with the support of the public, government, and private sector.

Award categories

The SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards of Excellence recognize youth achievement in 10 categories. Please note: Individual nominations only accepted. No group nominations.

Outstanding achievement
This award recognizes a youth (one male and one female) who:

  • Lead a balanced lifestyle based on a foundation of strong cultural and spiritual values
  • Show exceptional academic success
  • Remain physically active
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Inspire, support, and respect others with honour and dignity, education, or career goals

Leadership

This award honours a youth who:

  • Inspires and motivates others through actions and solutions
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and respects diverse cultures
  • Supports others
  • Shows academic success
  • Pursues education or career goal

Education

This award honours a youth who:

  • Shows exceptional academic success
  • Maintains a grade average of 80 percent or higher
  • Demonstrates clear post-secondary education and career goals
  • Shows leadership in extracurricular activities

Community service

This award recognizes a youth who:

  • Shows concern for others in the community
  • Generously gives their time and energy promoting the well being of others
  • Achieves academic success

Culture

This award recognizes a youth who:

  • Promotes Indigenous values and language in school and the community
  • Champions all Indigenous traditional dance, song, and storytelling
  • Achieves academic success
  • Pursues education and career goal

Sports and recreation

This award recognizes a youth (one male and one female) who:

  • Demonstrates significant achievement in competitive, organized sport
  • Achieves academic success
  • Pursues education and career goals
  • Initiates and advances community activities that promote healthy lifestyle

Fine and performing arts

This award honours a youth who:

  • Represents Indigenous people through the arts
  • Achieves academic success
  • Pursues education and career goal

Technology and science

This award honours a youth who:

  • Pursues clear post-secondary education goals leading to a career
  • Excels in the sciences and/or technologies
  • Shows interest in applied science, health, industry, and/or technology

Spirit

This award recognizes a youth who:

  • Demonstrates character and an ability to overcome adversity
  • Shows resiliency and a healing journey through cultural and spiritual values
  • Shares knowledge with others for the betterment of the community 
  • Pursues education and career goals

Innovation
This award recognizes a youth who:

  • Exemplifies the spirit of innovation
  • Has made positive changes in their school or community through innovative thinking and approaches
  • Has played a leadership role in introducing new ways of solving school or community issues or problems
  • Will be entering the first year of a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program in the upcoming academic year

Who can you nominate?

You can nominate any youth if they are:

  • Is of First Nations, Metis, or Inuit ancestry
  • Between 14 and 18 years of age by May 26, 2017
  • A resident of Saskatchewan and a registered student
  • Able to demonstrate outstanding commitment and/or ability in one of the 10 award categories
  • No group nominations will be accepted
  • Mandatory attendance is required if nominated

Anyone can nominate a youth except parents of the nominees. Each nomination must be supported by two references from a community leader, educator, or elder who is not related to the youth. Please note that a youth can only be nominated in one category.

To nominate a youth, you must send in:

  • A completed nomination form
    Nomination deadline: April 7, 2017
  • A summary that includes:
    • Reasons you are nominating them
    • The youth's or group's accomplishments in point form
    • A 200-word autobiography completed by the nominated individual that explains how they fit the criteria of the particular award category. This autobiography must include goals, objectives, beliefs, and reasons why they feel they deserve the award
  • Two letters from references ­– such as an elder, community leader, educator, or coach – who is not related to the youth
  • A 5x7 picture of the nominee(s)

Note: All documents or pictures submitted will become property of the Wichitowin Foundation and will not be returned. All documents or pictures must be submitted at the same time.

Some helpful tips:

  • A youth can only be nominated in one category
  • Give complete answers to all questions
  • Provide lots of detail about the nominee and accomplishments. Remember that the judges don't know the nominee
  • The judges are most interested in personal sacrifice, determination, effort, commitment, attitude, leadership, and a sense of Indigenous culture and language
  • Past award winners can't be nominated again

Check out our winners! The 18th Annual SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards of Excellence 2016:

  • Outstanding achievement (female): Isabel Gagne
  • Outstanding achievement (male): Liam Cummins
  • Education: Shayna Uhryn
  • Sports and recreation (female): Kaylan Muir
  • Sports and recreation (male): Thomas Johnston
  • Leadership: Leah Boyer
  • Community service: Jodi Delorme
  • Spirit: Mario Ahenakew
  • Fine/performing arts: Emily Noon
  • Culture: Maggie Eastman
  • Technology/science: Joshua Fandrey
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Award: Victoria Penner