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Indigenous Women in Leadership (IWIL) Award

Award to a Canada Indigenous Woman
to Recognize Outstanding Leadership

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Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and TD

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Award to a Canada indigenous woman to recognize outstanding leadership. The award is intended for a woman with a history of political, business, and community engagement. This award is also intended for a woman whose work has positively impacted the lives of people, both in her community and on a national scale. Nominees can be a First Nation, Inuit, or Metis woman.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Business, Community Leadership, and Life’s Worth of Excellence
    • Nominees should have a history of excellence in the conduct of their business, careers, politics and community leadership reflecting their skills, vision, determination and perseverance. Laureates of Indigenous Women in Leadership (IWIL) are distinguished people who are well advanced in their successful careers and change-making lives.
  • Contributions to Community
    • Nominees should be known for their contributions to the development of their community. Setting an example for others to follow can be as important as holding a formal leadership position. Nominees should enjoy broad community support because of the impact of their business or life activities. Nominees should be catalysts for change in their community.
  • Commitment to Building Capacity
    • Nominees should have contributed to the expansion of knowledge and capacity. Embracing new technologies while remaining committed to traditional ways is an important part of sustainable development. Nominees should have the vision to challenge accepted wisdom and move beyond it, and the commitment to give their employees or community meaningful access to training or education opportunities respecting and including traditional knowledge and culture.
  • Measurable Results
    • Nominees should have contributed in a substantive way to the community and/or national well-being. Their results should be identifiable and measurable, and could include economic development, employment opportunities, sustained business growth, starting and maintaining new ventures, and creating options for the future. As well as accomplishments in sectors that can include the arts, sports, politics, health, education etc.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182259

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CCAB encourages nominations from all First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Inuit and Métis business, political and nationally engaged women whose work has changed the lives of people in their communities and nationally.

Anyone 18 years of age and older is eligible to submit a nomination.

Candidates are deemed ineligible if they have an existing formal relationship with CCAB (e.g. Board of Directors, Board of Governors, Corporate Sponsor, etc.).

Pre-Application Information:

Nomination deadline for 2021 submissions is Friday, February 12, 2021.

The award recipient and a guest receive air travel and accommodation to attend the event.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nomination Form:

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
2 Berkeley Street, Suite 202
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 4J5
Telephone: 416-961-8663
Fax: 416-961-3995
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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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