Honoring Vernon Yellowhead with a New Student Award

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We are proud to announce the Vernon Yellowhead Award, created to honour the legacy of Vernon Yellowhead, a direct descendant of Chief William Yellowhead, after whom our Institute is named.

This award will support two Indigenous students at Ryerson pursuing studies in the area of environmental stewardship or Indigenous knowledge with $6,000 each.


To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as an Undergraduate, Graduate, Continuing Education or
  • First Nations Technical Institute student student at Ryerson University and have clear academic standing
  • Identify as an Indigenous person in Canada (including First Nations [status or non-status], Metis, or Inuit)


  • Written Statement / Audio / Video File: The written statement should outline, in less than 1000 words, the applicant’s commitment to environmental stewardship and/or Indigenous knowledge and how their academic and/or community work contributes to these areas. If a student chooses, audio and video files (no more than 10 mins) can be submitted in the place of a written statement.
  • Reference Letter: The Reference Letter should be written by a member of the Indigenous community (reserve, urban, an organization, etc.) that the applicant identifies with. The letter writer should claim the applicant and support their application with reference their community or academic work revolving around environmental stewardship or Indigenous knowledge.