About the Awards

The Business Council of Manitoba is committed to helping Aboriginal students attend university or community college. We believe that education is an important component in their personal development and greatly improves their opportunities. We are gratified with the success of this initiative.

Since the program was launched in 2001, in partnership with the governments of Manitoba and Canada more than 2,000 awards totalling more than $5,000,000 have been presented. We are impressed by the quality of applicants, whose academic interests span the entire range of what our post secondary institutions offer. Almost all our recipients are graduating and finding work in their chosen fields of business administration, medicine, dentistry, social work, education, engineering, physiotherapy, Aboriginal self governance and many more.

Every recognized post-secondary institution in this province – Assiniboine Community College, Booth University College, Brandon University, Canadian Mennonite University, Providence University College, Red River College, Steinbach Bible College, University College of the North, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Université de Saint-Boniface and Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology – has been fully supportive of this program and integral to its continued success.

The cooperation that has characterized this initiative, including governments, business leaders, The Winnipeg Foundation, post secondary institutions and their administrators, and Aboriginal organizations, is a model of community collaboration, bound together by a belief in the talent, energy and potential of our Aboriginal young people. The Business Council of Manitoba is proud of what this program has done and is committed to building on its success so that more and more Aboriginal young people can take full advantage of what Manitoba’s fine post secondary sector can offer. The BCM thanks all who have worked so effectively to make this program the success it has been.