The Office of Indigenous Engagement is pleased to announce two new categories for the Indigenous Awards of Excellence. In 2017, three awards were created to celebrate the exceptional achievements and contributions of Indigenous students. The awards will now also recognize Indigenous faculty and Indigenous support staff (non-academic) who are going above and beyond to make the University of Manitoba an inclusive and supportive learning environment. The recipients will be honoured at an afternoon celebration that will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018 during Indigenous Awareness Month. The nomination deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
*These are not monetary awards.
Indigenous Awards of Excellence Details
Please refer to the below for details on these awards.
Who is eligible?
Any Indigenous student who is currently enrolled in classes (full-time or part-time) at the U of M. Please note that one of the categories requires full-time enrolment.
This award will go to an Indigenous student who:
Indigenous Student Award – Trailblazer (up to two awards)
This award will go to an Indigenous student who demonstrates:
Indigenous Student Award – Outstanding Achievement (up to two awards)
This award will go to an Indigenous student who has achieved high academic standing and contributes to the community. This student must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per term during the 2017/2018 academic year, and must have obtained a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the Fall 2017 term. The student also demonstrates:
The selection committee for the Indigenous Student Awards will consist of:
In the Faculty category, any self-declared Indigenous U of M employee in the following positions can be nominated. Two awards will be given.
And one to:
In the Support Staff category, any self-declared Indigenous U of M employee who does not fall into the Faculty category may be nominated.
Indigenous Faculty Award – Trailblazer (two awards)
This award will go to an Indigenous faculty member who:
Indigenous Support Staff Award – Community Builder (two awards)
This award will go to an Indigenous support staff member who:
The selection committee for the Indigenous Faculty Award will consist of:
The selection committee for the Indigenous Support Staff Award will consist of:
Any staff, faculty or student from the U of M may nominate an Indigenous student.
Step one: Contact the candidate to receive permission to nominate them for an award. Ask if anyone else is nominating them for an Indigenous Award of Excellence. Each candidate may only be nominated once.
Step two: Please fill out the online nomination form in UMCommunityLINK. If you have not used this system before, you can sign in using your UMnetID, which will activate your account. If you experience any problems with the login process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You may use point form to list the nominee's contributions. A few well thought out points that demonstrate contributions directly related to the criteria will be viewed more favourably than a large number of points that do not as clearly relate to the criteria or demonstrate an impact.
Step three: You may upload up to two one-page letters of support from other support staff, faculty or students to accompany the nomination. It is helpful to share the criteria for the award with those providing the letters so that their examples are informed by the criteria. These letters offer an opportunity to show the contributions of the nominee from different perspectives. The impact of the letter is not weighed by the status of the individual providing the letter, but more on their ability to speak about the contributions the nominee has made.
All nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018.