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Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award

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The Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC) Youth Achievement Award annually recognizes Indigenous youth who:

  • Are leaders in their community and among their peers
  • Display a strong commitment to achieving their educational goals
  • Support and encourage others to pursue their education
  • Encourage and participate in cross-cultural activities involving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities​

The award is open to all Indigenous youth, including First Nations status and non-status, Métis and Inuit. Nominees must be between the ages of 14-24, attending junior or senior high school, or a post-secondary institution. As well, nominees must be living within Calgary city limits or attending a Calgary school. The award recipient will be given the opportunity to represent Indigenous youth as a member of the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee.

New this year, youth are able to apply for the award and bursary themselves. There is still an opportunity for someone to nominate a youth. Whether you are applying for the award yourself, or someone is nominating a youth, please ensure that you have filled out all of the sections and included all of the attachments. Incomplete forms will not be considered. No posthumous nominations are permitted.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award Nomination Form​

Applications and nominations will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 2019. Winners will be announced on June 20, 2019 during Aboriginal Awareness Week celebrations.

The CAUAC Youth Achievement Award Winners are:

2018 Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award: Wacey Little Light. Born and raised in the Siksika Nation, Wacey is a Mount Royal University student majoring in Ecotourism and Outdoor leadership. Wacey's grandparents always taught him the importance of community. Due to that, Wacey attempts to be a contributing member of all communities he is a part of, which consist of The City of Calgary, The Siksika Nation, and The Iniskim Centre found at Mount Royal University. This award means a lot to Wacey as he hopes it can provide a stronger foundation for himself to become a more contributing member to the City of Calgary.

2018: Wacey Little Light
2017: Latasha Calf Robe
2016: Jolene Houle
2015: Macyn Morning Bull
2014: Angela Gladeau
2013: Nikkole Heavy Shield
2012: Alaine Crowchief
2011: Neepin Auger
2010: Chantel Large
2009: Caitlyn Pantherbone
2006: Kristen Acuna
2005: Jessica McMann
2004: Ms. Melinda Bain
2003: Ms. Nicole Akuna
2002: Ms. Autumn Eagle Speaker
2001: Mr. Jason Wuttanee, Ms. Robin Twigg, Ms. Nellie Meguinis
2000: Mr. Darcy Turning Robe
1999: Ms. Amanda Chersinoff
1998: Mr. Christopher Buggins
1997: Mr. Bryce Starlight
1996: Mr. Blue Cloud Michael Eaglespeaker Williams
1995: Mr. Shawn Gary Wade Butt
1994: Ms. Rozalyn Prairie Chicken
1993: Ms. Vada Hoof
1992: Ms. Bobbie Jo Turning Robe​​​​​​​​​​