This year the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre will recognize 18 Indigenous youth age 11-29 years old. We rely on YOU to nominate young people from your communities. There is no geographic restriction and nominees do not need to be registered for the youth conference.
Thank you to EAGLE Sponsor CENOVUS for their contributions to the Spirit Seekers Indigenous Youth Awards!
Spirit Seekers Indigenous Youth Award recognizes Indigenous youth (11-29 years of age) and honors their successes at Spirit Seekers Youth Conference. Do you know of an Indigenous youth who has achieved something important in their personal life and/or contributed significantly to their community?
Athletic Achievement – Did the nominee achieve excellence in organized sports either as a team member or an individual? Have they maintained a healthy & positive lifestyle by their commitment to physical activity?
Academic Achievement – Did the nominee make significant efforts to overcome obstacles to improve or enhance their educational journey?
Academic Excellence – Did the nominee receive outstanding grades and maintain them? Did the nominee receive any type of distinction awards/honor roll or any other type of recognition? (Must include proof of grades)
Career & Employment – Did the nominee set and maintain a career plan to achieve their goals for this category? Did the nominee reach their goal by overcoming major financial, personal or other significant barriers?
Culture & Heritage – Did the nominee make an effort to acquire, promote and preserve Aboriginal culture, knowledge and skills? Have they maintained their traditional language?
Health & Wellness – Did they make a significant contribution to harm reduction and prevention within their community? Have they developed and implemented health and wellness programs that have made an impact within their community? Do they actively lead a positive and balanced lifestyle?
Arts, Music & Creativity – Did they utilize their artistic and creative talents to promote positive change in the community and in themselves? Did they develop or enhance their skills in traditional art such as music, dance, craft and or storytelling?
Community Service – Did they volunteer a significant amount of time within their community? Did their volunteer contribution make a positive change in themselves and the community?
Ahkameyimok (Perseverance) – Don’t Give Up – Keep Trying – Persevere Over All. Did the nominee display resilience in the face of adversity? Have they demonstrated a strong will to overcome obstacles? Please describe in detail their experience prevailing over personal drawbacks.
Checklist: Completed online nomination form including why the individual should receive the award. Please email all bold type attachments: Photo of nominee, 2 additional letters of support (i.e. from coaches, teachers, mentors, community leaders co-workers), Optional: copies of supporting documents to enhance the nomination package i.e. photographs, newspaper articles, awards). Please note the academic categories MUST include supporting documentation of academic marks.