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Recognizing youth for their achievements is a great way to build self-esteem; and more importantly, it establishes role models so others can see that their goals are tangible.

Understanding how important this is for our youth, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ National Youth Council (NYC) established this unique awards program to honour and show appreciation to both achievements and efforts.

“We feel that Aboriginal youth in Canada are realizing goals and deserve to be recognized for both their efforts and achievements. We want youth to know that the journey is as important as the destination. For that reason this award is also based on effort and not entirely on accomplishments.” – NYC Member

Award Criteria

Any person in Canada be nominated for an award, so long as they:

- are between the ages of 15 and 29 by the deadline;

- are of Aboriginal ancestry, participates in his/her Aboriginal community and/or culture, and;

- Demonstrates an overall positive attitude towards life.

Application Process

The nominator (if applicable) or applicant, must send in all of the following documents:

- Letter and bio of the applicant;

- Two (2) signed support letters from non-relatives;

- Applicant resume;

- Current color photo of the applicant and;

- Completed application form with signatures.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Sorry, photos cannot be returned.

Past winners are not eligible to apply.

Recipient Information

The award recipient(s) will receive a cash award (amount to be determined based on monies fundraised) and an award.

The recipient’s photo and biography may be displayed on the Congress website, promotional items and media releases.

Selection Process

The selection committee is comprised of two (2) National Youth Council Members, one (1) representative of the Congress and (1) one Elder. The following questions will be utilized during the selection process:

- Does the applicant show an overall positive attitude towards his/her efforts?

- Does the applicant reflect the spirit and intent of the award?

- Does the applicant qualify for the award?

- How do others feel about the applicant?

- Is the applicant viewed as a role model to others?

- What impact has the applicant’s efforts/achievements had on the applicant and his or her community?

- Has the applicant’s efforts/achievements benefited other Aboriginal Youth?

- What are the nominee’s future plans and ambitions?


Deadline is Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 11:59 PM.

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