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NWAC Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award

by ahnationtalk on June 2, 20151696 Views


NWAC Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award

Every year, the NWAC Youth Department coordinates the Helen Bassett Commemorative Award granted to four young Aboriginal women in the amount of $1,000 each. The awards are made possible by the generous donation of Helen Bassett. Helen Bassett was an Ontario artist and an amazing woman who tried to make a difference as an individual and engage the government into fair solutions to Aboriginal land claim issues. After befriending an Aboriginal artist and learning through him about the plight of Aboriginal people, she became passionate about the issue and had special concern for advancement of Aboriginal women. In her selflessness, she specified NWAC as one of the beneficiaries of her estate in her will, which helped to sustain our postsecondary student awards program to this day. Ms. Bassett felt strongly about the land rights of Aboriginal people and decided to try and make a difference as an individual. She directed open letters to Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet in 1980 and again in 1983, proposing a plan that a tax be levied on all land transactions in Canada, to be assigned as royalty to the native people, in payment for the possession and use of the land. She reflected these ideas in her booklet “Native Rights”.

Awards are provided to 4 Aboriginal youth from each of the four directions as per NWAC’s cultural framework: North, South, East, and West. The NWAC Youth Helen Bassett Commemorative Award is coordinated by the Youth Department and the selection process and committee are led by Aboriginal youth.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be currently pursuing post-secondary studies (priority is given to students who are studying law or are in a law related field)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be an Aboriginal woman under 30 years of age
  • Demonstrate a commitment to improving the situation of Aboriginal women and youth in Canada politically, culturally, economically or otherwise

Former Youth Council members are not eligible to apply

Deadline: 2015 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award is Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11:59pm EST

File Download:                 Helen Bassett Application Form

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