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Community Builder Grant

Celebrating Indigenous Youth Community Builders

We want to hear your inspiring ideas for building community!

During Indigenous History Month, we recognize and honour the history, heritage and resilience of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada and all of their contributions - past and present.

Colliers Project Leaders’ Community Builder Grant  is an annual award that celebrates and acknowledges the contributions of Indigenous youths to their communities.

Each year, we partner with a panel of Indigenous leaders from across Canada, who review the submissions and select three Indigenous youths to award $5,000 each towards their education, a community-building project or a new business idea.

With this grant, we aspire to help:

  • celebrate and acknowledge existing contributions to community-building;
  • empower and enable the pursuit of ongoing community leadership activities;
  • motivate and inspire other Indigenous youth community leaders by sharing the grant recipients’ paths and stories.

Summer 2024 nominations are open now until June 30. Self-nominate or nominate on someone else’s behalf with our Nomination Form 

Eligibility: This grant is open to self-identified Indigenous youths residing in Canada between the ages of 13-30.

Follow along on social for updates and reminders: #CommunityBuilderGrant 

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Hear from last year's winners

In 2023, we heard from inspiring individuals from coast-to-coast – all with unique and impactful ideas for community building. These community builders stood out because of their stories and determination to create a meaningful and lasting impact in their communities and beyond.

Learn more  about their paths and stories. 

Jaden McGregor

Jaden has a specific goal of offering flight training to Indigenous students. By creating new pathways for future generations, Jaden wants to encourage Indigenous participation in non-traditional fields and inspire others to follow their dreams.

Recipient Jaden Mc Gregor

Representation is crucial, and I want to break down barriers. I want them to see someone like themselves in the aviation industry and feel a sense of belonging.”

Jaden McGregor

Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation

Recipient Bella Desilets

I hope to inspire Indigenous youth by encouraging them to go to different Indigenous nations and learn and build connections.”

Bella Desilets

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan

Bella Desilets

Bella plans to open her own safe, Indigenous travel business and become a youth travel coordinator for Indigenous youth to help them explore the world. Bella believes offering unique travel experiences and learning about different cultural histories will help Indigenous youth consider themselves global citizens.

Evan Ramsey

Evan is an Exercise Science student, who runs his own business as a wellness coach – addressing health and wellness challenges faced by Indigenous peoples in remote fly-in communities. With this grant, Evan plans to upgrade his electronic devices, which will benefit both his Indigenous business and educational needs.

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The Anishinaabe people have a deep-rooted history and a unique set of traditions, values and beliefs. By actively participating in community-building efforts, we contribute to the preservation and revitalization of our culture.”

Evan Ramsey

Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

2023 Finalists

We’d also like to shine a spotlight on last year’s Community Builder Grant Finalists  and the amazing ways they are contributing to their communities.

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