INDIGENOUS EDUCATION AWARDS PROGRAM (IEAP)
The Business Council of Manitoba’s mission, is to make Manitoba a preferred place to live, work and invest through community development and equality of opportunity for all Manitobans.
The Business Council of Manitoba’s Indigenous Education Awards Program was established by the Business Council of Manitoba in 2001. Over the years, the program has partnered with the governments of Canada, Manitoba, and The Winnipeg Foundation to provide over 2,600 awards totaling more than $6.8 million to Indigenous students.
The Business Council is committed to assist in providing opportunities for Indigenous Manitobans to achieve a post-secondary education and contribute to moving our province forward toward a better future.
We believe that education is an important component in personal development and provides opportunity for individuals to become leaders and role models in our communities.
Through our Award program, we offer financial support to Indigenous students who attend one of the recognized post-secondary educational institutions in Manitoba to pursue the career goals of their choice. Our Awards consist of a financial contribution to Award recipients to assist with the costs in attending a post-secondary educational institution.
Our Award recipients’ academic interests span the entire range of what our post-secondary institutions offer. Almost all our recipients are graduating and finding employment in their chosen fields of business administration, medicine, dentistry, social work, nursing, commerce, education, law, trades, Indigenous self-governance and many more.
Every recognized post-secondary educational institution in this province – Assiniboine Community College, Booth University College, Brandon University, Canadian Mennonite University, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Providence University College, Red River College Polytechnic, Steinbach Bible College, Université de Saint Boniface, University College of the North, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg – 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 Indigenous organizations, is a model of community collaboration. The Business Council of Manitoba is proud of what our Award program has accomplished and is committed to building on its success so that more and more Indigenous Manitobans can take full advantage of what Manitoba’s fine post-secondary sector offers. We thank all who have worked so effectively to make our Indigenous Education Award program a success.