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Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award Recipients 2020

October 16, 2020

OTTAWA —The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award. This bursary assists Indigenous women and gender-diverse people across Canada who are enrolled in post-secondary studies and are dedicated to the betterment of Indigenous communities. This award was made possible by Marie Melancon-Ifram through her incredible donation to honour the memory of her late son Michael.

This year, the Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award Selection Committee received and reviewed over 140 applications. NWAC is pleased to announce 11 awards to the following outstanding individuals:

Erica Abel, North West Territories; Everlyne Fowler, British Columbia; Tasia Nateweyes, Alberta; Santana Dreaver, Saskatchewan; Lindsay Bristow, Manitoba; Celine Wick, Ontario; Hope Metallic, Quebec; Samantha Gardiner, Newfoundland and Labrador; Shyla Augustine, New Brunswick; Jerri Bluecloud, Nova Scotia; Ashley Jadis, Prince Edward Island

NWAC is honoured to be able to provide opportunities to inspiring youth such as these, and looks forward to the great contributions they will make for their communities and all Indigenous peoples.


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About The Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, transgender, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women within their respective communities and Canada societies.

À propos de l'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada

L'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) est une organisation autochtone nationale qui représente la voix politique des femmes, des filles, des transgenres, des bispirituels et des personnes de sexe différent au Canada, y compris les membres des Premières nations vivant dans les réserves et hors réserve, les Indiens inscrits et non inscrits, les personnes privées de leurs droits, les Métis et les Inuits. Regroupant des organisations de femmes autochtones de tout le pays, l'AFAC a été fondée dans le but collectif d'améliorer, de promouvoir et de favoriser le bien-être social, économique, culturel et politique des femmes autochtones au sein de leurs communautés respectives et des sociétés canadiennes.