Saskatchewan’s Indigenous youth achievers will be among those honored today, May 26, at the 19th Annual SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards of Excellence, presented by the Wicihitowin Foundation. The event will be streamed live at www.siya.live
The awards recognize young people who have demonstrated exceptional ability, skills and cultural spirit in the areas of academics, sports, culture, performing arts, spirit, education, community service, science/technology, innovation and outstanding achievement.
The awards are the culmination of the foundation’s efforts to seek out and recognize Indigenous youth who are excelling or becoming a strong role models in their community.
“It is so exciting to see the number of youth that have been nominated for awards this year. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening of celebrating and recognizing 93 nominated individuals and presenting 12 awards,” said Committee Chair Colleen Cameron.
The annual gala will be held at TCU Place in Saskatoon.
“These awards have become so important to not just the youth, but their families and communities for the inspiration the awards and recipients generate,” Cameron said.
The Wicihitowin Foundation was created 50 years after the Second World War in 1995 as a legacy to First Nation and Métis veterans who served Canada during international conflict, including ongoing peacekeeping missions.
Wicihitowin honors these veterans by nurturing Indigenous youth, preparing them to rise to the challenge of responsibility and leadership, preparing them to excel physically and spiritually, as tomorrow’s leaders – “strong, brave and true.”
Wicihitowin, a Cree word, reflects the foundation’s overall mission, which is “helping each other.”
The 19th annual SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards will take place tonight at 6 p.m. with a grand entry at TCU Place, Saskatoon.