3 Awards Available for Indigenous Graduate Students

 On Behalf of Jan Hare, Associate Dean of Indigenous Education

The Office of Indigenous Education is pleased to announce the following awards for Indigenous Graduate Students in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC):

1. Harry E. Taylor Canadian Indigenous Graduate Prize in Education:

A Two prizes of $550 have been endowed through a bequest from Stanley Taylor to honour his father, Harry E. Taylor, for Canadian Indigenous students in a Faculty of Education graduate program who are specializing in research that will have a positive impact on improving Canadian Indigenous education.  The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education, in consultation with the Associate Dean for Indigenous Education and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The award will be given in recognition of a graduate student based on: (1) the quality of his or her academic achievement and scholarship in the field of Indigenous education; and (2) the degree to which that scholarly work has informed or has the potential to have a positive impact on improving Canadian Indigenous education.

2. Verna J. Kirkness (Ni-jing-jada) Award:

Awards totaling $2,450 have been endowed by friends, colleagues and the UBC in honour of Dr. Verna J. Kirkness (Ni-jing-jada), the founding director of the First Nations House of Learning and the Ts”kel Graduate Studies Program. The awards are offered to students of Aboriginal ancestry in Education, preference will be given to Canadian Aboriginal graduate students. Preference is also given to students involved in academic projects or research that will advance the cause of Canadian Aboriginal Education.  The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning and, in the case of graduate students, the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The award will be given in recognition of a student based on: (1) the quality of his or her academic achievement and scholarship in the field of Canadian Aboriginal education; and (2) the degree to which that scholarly work has informed or has the potential to have a positive impact on improving Canadian Aboriginal education.

3. Jean Barman Award:

Prizes totalling $1,000 are offered annually to students of Aboriginal ancestry pursuing graduate or teacher education degrees based on a project related to Aboriginal people.  The award is named in honour of Dr. Jean Barman, an outstanding professor who taught and works in this area.  The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the Associate Dean of Indigenous Education and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

The award will be given in recognition of a graduate student based on: (1) the quality of his or her academic achievement and scholarship in the field of Indigenous education; and (2) the degree to which that scholarly work has informed or has the potential to have a positive impact on improving Canadian Indigenous education

In order to be eligible for any of these awards, student must have been officially registered in the 2020 Winter Term in the Faculty of Education at UBCV. Attached are the application cover sheets with include detail application instructions and eligibility criteria.  Verna J Kirness Award Cover Jean Barman Award Cover Harry E. Taylor Prize Cover. Please submit you application to the Office of Indigenous Education (indigenous.education@ubc.ca) by April 30, 2021.