About the Award
The Business Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations recognizes an individual (Indigenous or non-Indigenous) who has contributed, through professional and voluntary commitments, to building bridges between Indigenous peoples and Canadian society. The award acknowledges the significant efforts of people who have been ambassadors working with Indigenous peoples and communities.
CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUONominees are people who question and confront the status quo when it comes to Indigenous relations in Canada. Their careers and lives reflect that they have the vision, determination, and the ability to create change. Nominees are never satisfied with things as they are, but always look to improve situations and outcomes for Indigenous peoples and build bridges between Canadian society and Indigenous communities.
Nominees are known for taking action once opportunities present themselves or are always looking to create opportunities for action. Setting an example for others to follow can be as important as holding a formal leadership position. Nominees are catalysts for change.
Nominees have worked and partnered with government or business sectors to ensure the success of their projects. They achieve their goals by working with others. Nominees have the vision to challenge accepted wisdom but also the ability to change the perceptions of others
VISIBILITY ACROSS CANADA
Nominees are known for their efforts toward reconciliation between Indigenous communities and Canadian society. Their contributions have a wide-ranging impact with implications both locally and nationally. The nominee has significant recognition for how they have contributed to the improvement of the lives of Indigenous peoples and their communities.
Nominate a bridge builder for the Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations. Nominations close June 2, 2023.
The Award for Excellence will be presented at The West Coast Business Forum in Vancouver on October 17, 2023.