CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA)

2020-2021 Value: $10,000 - $25,000

In March 2015, the Education Council-Wolfville transferred the proceeds of their education fund to the CFUW Charitable Trust to establish a new award, the CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA). This award was designed to honour Dr. Marion Elder Grant’s life-long commitment to education of women. Dr. Grant has an outstanding record of leadership as the 11th CFUW President (1949-52), CFUW Wolfville President, and Dean of Women and Professor of Psychology, Acadia University.

An applicant for the CFUW AWA will be considered eligible on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Canadian Aboriginal woman;
  • Study in Canada;
  • Holds or will hold an undergraduate university degree or equivalent before the CFUW AWA for which she applied is granted; and
  • Must have applied to be a full-time student in any year of an eligible program at a recognized or accredited Canadian post-secondary degree-granting institution.

Eligible programs: are the academic programs for which a CFUW AWA Applicant (or Renewal Applicant) may be studying. They include:

  1. Programs leading to a first degree in law – Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Juris Doctor (JD).
  2. Programs leading to the following first degrees in medicine – Medical Doctor (MD); Doctor of Optometry (OD).
  3. Programs leading to qualifying for a licence to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in the province or territory of the graduate’s choice.
  4. Programs leading to a Master’s degree in fields dealing with important Canadian aboriginal issues at the time the AWA is given as defined by the most recent Canadian report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

The AWA is presented as a one-time, non-renewable, $10,000 award for 2019-2020.

2019-2020 Winner: NICOLE FERLAND

Alana Robert


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 Metis 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.

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