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Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres is a provincial Indigenous organization representing the collective interests of member Friendship Centres and dedicated to improving the quality of life for Indigenous people living in urban environments through self-determined activities such as education.

The Bill Messenger Scholarship

The Bill Messenger Award provides financial support for young Indigenous men attending post-secondary who live in an urban area and demonstrate a commitment to the Friendship Centre Movement in Ontario.

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Post-Secondary
Deadline: August 1
Program of Study: Any
Level of Study: Any
Indigenous Affiliation: Any
Other: Indigenous male-identifying community member up to 30 years of age; Attending post-secondary studies or training development programs either part-time or full-time.


Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres Strong Women Scholarship

The Strong Women Scholarship provides financial support for Indigenous women attending post-secondary who live with their dependents in an urban area.

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Post-Secondary
Deadline: August 1
Program of Study: Any
Level of Study: Post-Secondary education, technical training or development programs
Indigenous Affiliation: Any
Other: Urban Indigenous women caring for dependents and attending post-secondary studies or training development programs either part-time or full-time; Qualified applicants must be living permanently in an urban area, not just for the purpose of attending post-secondary school or training; Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating a commitment to the urban Indigenous community.