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RECONCILIATION 150 STUDENT AWARD

We need good leaders who embody the teachings of wisdom, humility, honesty and respect. We need leaders who will think with their hearts and feel with their heads. We need the next 150 years to promote inclusivity and a whole-view attitude toward our relationships with one another and the only planet we live on. The Truth and Reconciliation Report was a great start to outlining some of the actions we can take. Now it’s time to start acting on the calls. We need to do what’s right.

Through a partnership with Georgian College, the $500 "Reconciliation 150 Bursary" is being offered to students who show forward thinking in their approach to bridging gaps between indigenous and non-indigenous people throughout the territory we have called Canada for the last 150 years. These students are the leaders of tomorrow, who will help usher us all into the next 150 years of reconciliation.

ABOUT THE AWARD

The award will be given to a student who has demonstrated clear, positive and productive efforts in reconciliation stemming from on one or more of the 94 Calls to Action found in the Truth and Reconciliation Report (http://www.trc.ca).  The reports can be found here: http://nctr.ca/reports.php

Students will be selected by the faculty with the school's Indigenous Studies department. Please visit Georgian College's bursary and scholarships page for details on how to apply.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY FOR THE AWARD COME FROM?

The money raised through the sale of the tshirts the Reconciliation 150 bursary for any student currently enrolled at Georgian College. The current bursary amount is $500. Any sales of tshirts or funds raised beyond the first $500 will either be added to the Reconciliation 150 bursary at Georgian College OR a new bursary will be created at another post-secondary facility.

TSHIRTS CAN BE PURCHASED fOR $20 EACH ON THE STUDIO'S ETSY SHOP OR BY CONTACTING THE STUDIO.

ABOUT THE LOGO

The wild strawberry, or heart berry, is an important fruit to indigenous people across Canada. It is the first fruit that nourishes us after a long winter. In order for the fruit to nourish us, we need to ensure it has what it needs to grow properly. Just as we need to be good stewards of the land, water and plants that nourish us, we also need to take care of each other so that our communities can thrive in a healthy way. The strawberry is an icon of reconciliation, but the care we provide each other is the core of reconciliation. The Canada 150 logo is depicted as the leaves of the strawberry and is upside down. This depicts the challenges we are currently facing as a country -- the wrong that must be righted. The hope is that we can do the work required to grow a fruit that will nourish us all equitably.

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