Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)

Meet the 2018 Recipients!

Anna Fulks


Institution: University of Alberta

Major: Education – Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Community: Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory

Career Aspiration Statement: To change lives.



Blaise Russell


Institution: University of Lethbridge

Major: Anthropology

Indigenous Community: Blood Tribe in Treaty 7 Territory

Career Aspiration Statement: I am a 3rd year student majoring in Anthropology and doing a minor in linguistics at the University of Lethbridge. After I complete my degree, I plan to pursue another degree in Linguistics. After I complete my studies, I plan to pursue my masters in Linguistic Anthropology.

By awarding me the Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards scholarship, you have eased my financial burden which allows me to concentrate more in school and learning. I hope one day I will be able to help students accomplish their goals just as you have helped me. Thank you for your generous support.



Brandon Zimmerman


Institution: Grant MacEwan University

Major: Marketing

Indigenous Community: Métis Nation of Alberta

Career Aspiration Statement: To use my education and personal knowledge of the finance industry to help assist others in achieving financial freedom.


Brielle Thorsen


Institution: Queen’s Univeristy

Major: Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

Indigenous Community: Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory

Career Aspiration Statement: I want to be passionate about the work I do, and make a positive impact on those around me.


Dylan Frank


Institution: University of Lethbridge

Major: Archaeology

Indigenous Community: Blood Tribe in Treaty 7 Territory

Career Aspiration Statement: My name is Dylan Frank and I am in the final year of my Archaeology and Geography program at the University of Lethbridge. I have always enjoyed being out on the land because my parents would take me out on day trips around the reserve as well as other areas in Southern Alberta. This sparked my interest in understanding how the Blackfoot and other First Nations people have always utilized and succeeded on the landscape. When I first entered post-secondary school, the idea of doing Archaeology for a career seemed to fit perfectly with my interests and ever since then more doors of opportunity keep opening in regards to what I can do with the degree. My ultimate goal is to educate all communities of Alberta on the rich history that the Blackfoot people have in this region in an attempt to eliminate the misunderstanding between non-First Nations and First Nations peoples. My hope is that this can be a building block for future relationships between everyone in Canada and that it will lead to First Nations people gaining more recognition for their contributions to society and its history.


Hilary Flett


Institution: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Major: Business Administration

Indigenous Community: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory

Career Aspiration Statement: Growing up my mother was in the financial work field and I would help her every now and then, I loved how the industry worked and all the numbers. I started working part time as a finance assistant and since then I knew I wanted to work in the Business field specifically in Accounting.


Jailyn Allen


Institution: University of Saskatchewan

Major: Juris Doctor

Indigenous Community: Mikisew Cree First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory


Louisa Manyfingers


Institution: Red Deer College

Major: Nursing

Indigenous Community: Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory

Career Aspiration Statement: My name is Louisa Manyfingers and I am in my 2nd year of the practical nurse program at Red Deer College, with the Rocky Mountain House campus.  My family lives in Edmonton and Frog Lake Cree First Nation.  Working and attending school in Rocky Mountain House has provided me with the opportunity to learn about rural health care.  I am changed by the experience because coming from the big city to a small town, I was able to experience small town living as a nursing student.  13 years ago, I spent 3 months in Thailand, and that experience still enriches my life.  Rocky has now become a travel and learning experience that will enrich my practice as my nursing career begins.  Through the experience of being in Rocky, I have learned and experienced the true meaning of “community.”  As a result, and as the opportunities present, I aspire to be an advocate and an agent of change, for rural health care needs.  I hope to gain more rural experience, and to build a generalist skill set as my specialty area of nursing.


Nathaniel Eiriksson-Janvier


Institution: Nova Scotia Community College

Major: Plumbing

Indigenous Community: Cold Lake First Nations in Treaty 6 Territory

Career Aspiration Statement: This bursary helps me to feel financially secure going into my second term. I have one more year until my program is complete and then I will start my career as a plumber. I hope to work as a service plumber, continuing to build upon my skills on the job. Ideally, I will obtain my Red Seal certification within four to five years once my schooling is competed. I aspire to be able to problem solve efficiently and to have a positive attitude when working with colleagues and clients alike. Later on down the road, I would love to be able to start my own plumbing business and have new plumbers apprentice under me.



Sara Voyageur


Institution: University of Alberta

Major: Nursing

Indigenous Community: Mikisew Cree First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory

Career Aspiration Statement: She is in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program through collaboration with the University of Alberta and Keyano College. She is from a small Indigenous community up north called Fort Chipewyan. Once she graduates this upcoming May, she plans on working in the field of Public Health Nursing. Her goal is to be a registered nurse for her Indigenous Community and ensuring that her people are receiving good quality nursing care. She also inspires the Indigenous youth in pursuing their education by being a motivational speaker. It is very important to receive that grade twelve diploma, it opens the doors to many opportunities on what life has to offer. She hopes to motivate them by explaining her personal journey, and the struggles she had to go through to get where she is today. She believes if she can do it, anyone can if they just believe in themselves. Although supporting each other through education, is the key to success. 


Shazelle Houle


Institution: University of Alberta

Major: Elementary Education minoring in Native Studies

Indigenous Community: Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 Territory

Career Aspiration Statement: As a recipient I would like to express my sincere gratitude for being selected. I am in my first year of combined degrees for Native Studies and Education at the University of Alberta. Throughout the year of being on campus I have gained so much knowledge about First Nations people and myself as a Cree woman (nehiyaw iskwew). I had little to no knowledge about myself and my culture prior to coming to the University for my studies. My desire to bring forth positive changes within my community grows the more I learn about my people’s history.

This term I started the Education portion of my studies, and I absolutely loved volunteering within a local elementary school in Edmonton. I’m excited to gain my degrees so that I can begin working within my career as an Elementary school teacher within Northern Alberta communities, such as my hometown Wabasca. As a parent, I know the importance of nurturing children at early stages in their development. I look forward to nurturing and teaching Indigenous children when I return home. I understand the importance of bringing forth Indigenous education into schools and with the Indigenous youth I work with in my career. I humbly thank you again for giving me the opportunity to be a recipient and thank you for helping me achieve my goals in my journey.



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