Vernon Yellowhead Award

This award honors Vernon Yellowhead, a passionate advocate of environmental stewardship and Indigenous knowledge.

Vernon was a direct descendant of Chief William Yellowhead and Hereditary Chief of the Reindeer Clan.

While Vernon passed away in the Fall of 2018, this award was created to honour his legacy. Two students pursuing work in environmental stewardship or Indigenous knowledge will receive $6,000 each. This award is offered annually and open to all Indigenous students.

The Vernon Yellowhead award is made possible by Lori Yellowhead, Allison Urowitz and Ryerson’s PACE program. Learn more about the inspiration for this award in this article, New award extends Yellowhead legacy.

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as an Undergraduate, Graduate, Continuing Education or First Nations Technical Institute student student at Ryerson University and have clear academic standing
  • Identify as an Indigenous person in Canada (including First Nations [status or non-status], Metis, or Inuit)
  1. Written Statement / Audio / Video File: The written statement should outline, in less than 1000 words, the applicant’s commitment to environmental stewardship and/or Indigenous knowledge and how their academic and/or community work contributes to these areas. If a student chooses, audio and video files (no more than 10 mins) can be submitted in the place of a written statement.
  2. Reference Letter: The Reference Letter should be written by a member of the Indigenous community (reserve, urban, an organization, etc.) that the applicant identifies with. The letter writer should claim the applicant and support their application with reference their community or academic work revolving around environmental stewardship or Indigenous knowledge.

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October 1 – November 22, 2019
Accepting Applications

December 2019 – January 2020
Yellowhead Review of Applications

February 2020
Award Recipient Announcement

Spring 2020
Awards Ceremony

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