Indigenous Student Awards

Canada Post
August 31, 2022

The Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students were created in 2004 to celebrate the hard work and determination of individuals of Indigenous heritage who’ve embraced a renewed pursuit of learning. The awards are granted annually to select applicants from across the country, and recipients are awarded $2,000 in recognition of their efforts.

How to Apply

  • Are a Canadian and a member of a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit community.
  • Have been out of school for 1 year or more and are returning.
  • Have already returned to school and completed 1 full year of studies.
  • Have never received this award in the past (you can apply as many times as you want, but you can only receive the award once).
  • Complete the application form.
  • Write an essay:
    • Your essay should be typed, double-spaced on letter-sized stationery, and no more than 5 pages long.
    • Information about the challenges you faced in school prior to leaving.
    • Reasons why you left school.
    • How being out of school has affected your life.
    • Why you decided to return to school.
    • A network of assistance or support you might have set up for yourself.
    • Any hardships or difficulties you experienced to stay in school after returning.
    • How your life has changed since you returned.
    • What the next steps in your education will be and how you plan to accomplish those steps.
  • Provide school transcripts or a letter from an academic supporter (photocopies are acceptable).
  • Include a photocopy of a community membership card or an official letter from a community member.
  • A panel of Canada Post representatives and a member of the Indigenous community read and evaluate all submissions and select the winners.
  • The selection jury will read all submissions that meet the requirements outlined in the award description. The decisions of the selection jury are final.
  • Canada Post reserves the right to use photographs or other such material in the award presentation for communication purposes.
  • Successful applicants agree to accept the award as presented and must sign a waiver and consent form.
  • All submissions, including support materials, become the property of the Awards for Indigenous Students Committee and will not be returned.
  • The Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students Committee may publish or publicize information from any submission without compensation to the applicant.
  • By signing the Applicant Submission form, the applicant agrees to the Awards rules.