CFUW Aboriginal Women's Award winners

2020 CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award Winners


Are you eligible to be one of the next CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award winners? The CFUW AWA rewards between $10,000 – $25,000 and can be renewable. Therefore, this is what you need to know about winning the CFUW AWA.

So, here are the 2020 winners:

Nicole Ferland is the 2020 CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award Winner!

CFUW Aboriginal Women's Award winners nicole ferland

  • B.A. Human Rights, 2011, University of Winnipeg
  • Master of Education, Indigenous Land-Based Education, 2018-2020, University of Saskatchewan

“In collaboration with the Manitoba Métis Federation, the Louis Riel Institute, and Métis knowledge-holders and families, Nicole will develop and deliver a community-centered urban Métis land-based education experience, and explore the question, How can urban land-based education deepen Red River Métis families’ understanding of and connection to their culture, identity, and history?

The project will produce a Métis-specific urban land-based education curriculum for use in Winnipeg and a model for developing land-based curriculum that can be adapted for use in other locations. It will also contribute to the growing field of Métis-specific research methodologies and to literature relating to historic and contemporary Métis land education practices.”

(CFUW Charitable Trust)

Leah Carrier is the CFUW 100th Anniversary Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA) For PH.D. Study National Winner (2019 – 2020)!

leah carrier CFUW Aboriginal Women's Award winners

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), 2010, Saint Francis Xavier University
  • B.Sc. Nursing (with distinction), 2018, Dalhousie University
  • M.Sc. Nursing, 2018-2019, Dalhousie University
  • Ph.D. Nursing, 2019-2023, Dalhousie University

Although children and families identify pain as a key concern during health care encounters, there is a continued lack of optimal pain treatment among the pediatric population. Parental involvement in care is a potential solution to this problem, but little is known about how health professionals engage families from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds in this context.

Leah’s research seeks to understand the barriers and facilitators to parental involvement in their child’s pain care, with the goal of improving therapeutic relationships between health professionals and diverse families in the pediatric healthcare setting. She is also a research coordinator for the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing Initiative, which conducts community-based research related to the pain and mental health experiences of Indigenous children and youth.”

(CFUW Charitable Trust)

Moreover, for more information on Nicole Ferland and Leah Carrier, check out the CFUW Charitable Trust website.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must fulfill the following criteria: 

  • Be a Canadian Citizen or hold a Permanent Residence Status in Canada;
  • Be a Canadian Aboriginal woman;
  • Study in Canada;
  • Is holding (or will hold) an undergraduate university degree from a recognized Canadian university;
  • Be a full-time student in the 2020 – 2021 school year in an eligible program at a recognized Canadian post-secondary degree-granting institution.  

Eligible Programs

Eligible programs are academic programs that the applicant is studying or researching. Therefore, this includes programs that will lead to a:

  • Degree in law (L.L.B. or J.D.); 
  • Degree in medicine (M.D. or O.D.); 
  • Qualifying license to practice as a Nurse Practitioner; or 
  • Master’s degree in fields dealing with current important Canadian aboriginal issues at the time of the CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award. 

Deadline For The CFUW AWA

Unfortunately, this award is no longer accepting 2020 submissions. However, it will reopen in June 2021. Additionally, all applications for CFUW Fellowships and Awards will close on December 14th, 2020. Further details can be found here.

So, do you hope to be one of the next CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award winners? Then check out the CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award Overview for more details. Also, learn How To Apply. Lastly, don’t forget to review our Tips To Win!