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 X University and have clear academic standing
  • Identify as an Indigenous person in Canada (including First Nations [status or non-status], Metis, or Inuit)

Apply for this award via AwardSpring. You will need to complete a general application first; if you need assistance, please reference this AwardSpring Student Guide. Once you have filled out the general application, the award will appear on your AwardSpring “Dashboard” for Follow-Up completion. Here, you will be required to submit the following:

  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 to their community or academic work revolving around environmental stewardship or Indigenous knowledge.

For questions about the award application and requirements, please email

For questions about the award platform, please email


September 21, 2021
– December 6, 2021

Accepting Applications

December 2021
Yellowhead Review of Applications

December 2021
Award Recipient Announcement

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