Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport

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Eagle | Salmon | Raven | Frog | Light Meaning: This design embodies the diverse qualities and skillset of an ideal recipient. Represented in the circle are four animals. The eagle is for leadership and the pursuit of excellence. The salmon is for perseverance and connection to community. The raven is for creativity. The frog is for humility and the internal voice that drives them forward. The final element of the design is the circle or ring that weaves the figures together. It represents light, wisdom and the future. It represents the ever changing goals both on the field and in life. Stylistically this design gently stretches traditional expectations of coastal design. It has a contemporary feel but a traditional soul

About the Awards
The Province of British Columbia and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) have collaborated to establish the Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Indigenous youth athletes throughout the province.

The Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport recognizes athletes who have achieved excellence in performance sport, are regarded for their leadership qualities, are committed to pursuing a higher education, and are recognized as community role models both on and off the field of play.

Nominations will be accepted for youth athletes under 25 years of age (born in 1994 or later) training and competing in performance sport.  A total of 48 awards will be given out, eight awards (four male and four female) within each of I·SPARC’s six regions.  Recipients will be honoured at Regional ceremonies conducted throughout November 2018.

Nomination Requirements
To be eligible for the awards, an athlete must meet the following criteria:

  • Has been a permanent resident of B.C. for the last 12 months
  • Is of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis and Inuit)
  • Is currently registered with a B.C. Provincial Sport Organization and/or involved in an I·SPARC program (including recognized regional/traditional sports)
  • Is under the age of 25 (born in 1994 or later)
  • Is actively participating in one or more sports (recognized provincial sports as well as regional/traditional sports) and shows evidence of high athletic ability and performance results
  • Demonstrates leadership both on and off the field of play
  • Is committed and dedicated to learning and academics and is actively pursuing or planning to pursue a post-secondary education

Note: Past PROVINCIAL recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport are not eligible to receive the award in subsequent years. Regional recipients remain eligible (until they are 25 years of age).

Nomination Process
Nomination forms can be filled out online. If you are unable to submit online, or cannot attach reference letters due to file size, please send by email to

  • Online:
  • Nomination Form 2018 (Word)
  • Nomination Form 2018 (PDF)
  • Nomination Forms must be completed in full. Incomplete forms will NOT be considered.
  • The deadline for nominations is CLOSED
  • Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Selection Criteria
The Award’s selection committee will assess nominees using the following five criteria:

  1. Sport Achievements — Pursuing and achieving sport performances leading towards podium placements at provincial, national and international competitions
  2. Leadership Qualities — Demonstrating the qualities of leadership, coachability, strong work ethic, and the characteristics of fair play both on and off the field of play, as well as demonstrating a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and to their sport/community through volunteer activities
  3. Education — Demonstrating a commitment to academic studies and continued education
  4. Cultural Awareness — Demonstrating pride in their Indigenous ancestry and being actively engaged in cultural activities
  5. Future Goals — Demonstrating how their experience in sport is shaping their future

Applicants must not contact members of the selection committee regarding the status of their nomination. All requests for information should be directed to the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC).

Successful Nominees
Successful nominees will be notified in October and invited to attend the formal regional ceremonies conducted throughout the province in November 2018. Funding will be provided for each recipient to attend the Regional Awards ceremony.

Provincial Recipients
Those athletes selected for the Regional Awards will automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Awards (six male and six female) will be given out. Provincial recipients will receive an invitation to attend a special Indigenous Youth Sport Leadership Forum held at Gathering Our Voices: Indigenous Youth Leadership Training in Port Alberni, March 19-22, 2019.

Inquiries and eligibility questions should be directed to:

Manager, Premier’s Awards & Communications
Felicia Greekas
P: (250) 940.4909