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Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award

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

  • Demonstrates leadership in the community and among his/her peer group.
  • Displays a strong desire and commitment to achieve educational goals.
  • Supports and encourages others to continue in their academic endeavors.
  • Encourages and participates in cross-cultural activities involving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

The award is open to all Aboriginal 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 facility. As well, nominees must be living within Calgary city limits or attending a Calgary school. Award recipient will be given the opportunity to represent Aboriginal youth as a member of the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee.

Complete the application form to nominate a youth for the Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award.

The CAUAC Youth Achievement Award Winners are:

2016 Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award: Jolene Houle, 15, is a Grade 11 student at Bishop O’Byrne High School. She has been attending the Metis Calgary Family Services Society Aboriginal Students Program for four years and is passionate about sharing her Aboriginal culture with teachers and classmates. She actively works to raise awareness about both her culture and the social issues facing Indigenous people. Learn more about her work on Calgary City News.

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