Applications are now closed. Only winning recipients will be notified. 2023 applications will open in spring 2023.

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

The Wicihitowin Foundation was created to honour First Nations, Metis, and Indigenous Veterans by nurturing Indigenous youth, preparing them to rise to the challenge of responsibility and leadership, and preparing them to excel as tomorrow's leaders – "strong, brave and true".

Award Categories

The SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards of Excellence recognize youth achievement in 10 categories.

Outstanding Achievement

  • 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

  • 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

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

Community Service

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

Culture

  • Promotes Indigenous values and language in school and the community
  • Champions all Indigenous traditional dance, song, and storytelling

Sports/Recreation

  • Significant achievement in competitive organized sports and academic success
  • Initiates, develops, improves, and encourages community and recreations activities that promote health lifestyles

Fine/Performing Arts

  • Create an artistic expression that portrays positive image of Indigenous people through non-traditional dance, song, music, storytelling, sculpture, photography, media, or creative art
  • Shows clearly academic success and future goals

Technology/Science

  • Excellent academic success in the sciences and /or technologies
  • Demonstrate interest or involvement in applied science, health, industry or technologies
  • Clear post-secondary educational goals leading to a career in the above field

Spirit

  • Demonstrated personal characteristic that show the ability to overcome adversity
  • Resiliency leads to a healing journey through cultural/spiritual values
  • Shares knowledge with others for the betterment of the community
  • Educational and/or career goals

Innovation

  • 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, community issues or problems.

Eligibility

  • Of First Nations, Metis, or Inuit ancestry
  • Between 14 and 18 years of age by June 30, 2022
  • A resident of Saskatchewan and a registered student
  • 2 references required (they will be contacted)
  • Able to demonstrate outstanding commitment and/or ability in one of the 10 award categories
  • Only individual applications (no group applications accepted)

Questions?

Email colleen.cameron@sasktel.com

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