Questions & Answers
1. Can I apply with a project or initiative that
was completed last year?
Yes. Nominees or applicants may submit projects
or initiatives that are currently underway, or that
have been completed in the last calendar year.
2. Can we apply as a group/team or organization?
2009 Spirit of the Earth Only individuals may submit nominations or applications.
Award Recipients: If a project represents the efforts of an organization
PO Box 815
c/o Manitoba Hydro
Spirit of the Earth Awards
into an envelope and mail to:
and any supplementary information
Insert this completed entry form
or group, one person must represent the group.
3. How are projects/initiatives evaluated?
Mino Aski (Good Earth) Culture Camps - Misipawistik
Cree Nation Health Authority - week-long camps that All are evaluated according to the same criteria. The
promote a healthy lifestyle for youth, adults and elders. project/initiative must demonstrate a positive impact
on the environment, showing direct involvement of
Darryl Nepinak - internationally recognized Aboriginal Aboriginal people and, where applicable, describe
filmmaker who uses humor to deconstruct stereotypes how education was part of the project/initiative.
about Anishinabe people and their culture.
4. Who is eligible to submit an entry?
Friendship Garden - Erickson Elementary School, Any individual or organization undertaking an
Erickson, Manitoba. environmental activity with Aboriginal people, Each year, recipients are presented with an original wolf
or involving Aboriginal people, that has been sculpture, created exclusively for the Awards ceremony
University of Manitoba Graduation Pow Wow - honours implemented or is now operational. by Métis sculptor Irvin Head, Northern Buffalo
Aboriginal graduates from the University of Manitoba Sculptures, Cranberry Portage.
and the University of Winnipeg. 5. Can a business be considered for an award?
Yes. However, the enterprise must meet the
University College of the North - Kanachi Otinawawa- selection criteria to be considered for an award.
sowin Aboriginal Midwifery Baccalaureate Program.
6. I have several projects I would like to submit
Preserving Metis Culture - Channing, Chelsea and - is that possible?
Christie Lavallee, for their collective contribution
toward the preservation of Metis culture.
Yes. Nominees or applicants may submit more than For more information, contact Donna Minkus, Celebrating
one entry. Each must be submitted as a separate entry.
Zoological Society of Manitoba - Aboriginal Animal
Manitoba Hydro, at (204) 360-5230, via email
at email@example.com or visit our web site
7. I know someone who may qualify for an award.
Teachings. Can I nominate this person or can I apply at www.hydro.mb.ca and click on Environment, Achievements & Culture
on their behalf? then Programs.
Urban Circle Training Centre - holistic approach
to training and employment for Aboriginal women Yes. You can submit a nomination or apply on
and men. behalf of someone else or an organization. If you Note:
know someone who would qualify, encourage that Manitoba Hydro reserves the right to use the award
Laura Warenchuk, Buchanan School, Winnipeg - person or organization to apply. winners’ names, addresses, application forms,
The Spirit of Buchanan School program encourages photographs and illustrations in published material
eco-conscious activities and crafts. 8. Are national and international participants and advertising connected with the program.
eligible for this program?
Traditional Area Advisory Councils (Hollow Water The awards program is open to all Manitobans,
and Black River First Nations in consultation with and the activities must take place in Manitoba.
Manitoba Model Forest Inc.) - working with Manitoba Partnerships with national or international
Conservation on natural resource management organizations are acceptable.
activities within their traditional land use areas.
9. If selected for an award, what happens?
Award winners will be invited to attend a special
presentation ceremony linked with annual National
Aboriginal Day Celebrations (June 21), where they
will receive their award.
The Spirit Evaluation Criteria Spirit of the Earth
Environmental activity involving Aboriginal people
of the Earth Submissions must: Awards Submission
Awards Program • Demonstrate the positive impact the project
or environmental initiative has had on the
Submissions must follow the format below.
Maximum limit: three pages. Mail to:
(Please print. Only one submission per person or project/initiative.)
The annual Spirit of the Earth Awards Spirit of the Earth Awards
publicly recognizes environmental • Illustrate direct involvement of Aboriginal c/o Manitoba Hydro
achievements by Aboriginal people, people or non-Aboriginal people working Donna Minkus,
that directly involve Aboriginal people, in partnership with Aboriginal communities Business Communications
or non-Aboriginal people working in in urban, rural and northern areas; PO Box 815
I have read the evaluation criteria of the Spirit of the Earth Awards and agree to abide by the process.
partnership with Aboriginal communities. Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2P4
• Show how education was part of the
Manitoba Hydro fosters environmental project/initiative. Entries must be postmarked no later than
awareness and recognizes the contribution Friday, April 30, 2010.
of Aboriginal people and their culture to Evaluation Process
the Province of Manitoba. Linking these Please provide the following information:
A panel from the Aboriginal and environmental
initiatives, Manitoba Hydro introduced the
communities and Manitoba Hydro will evaluate A Nominee/Applicant: An individual or
annual Spirit of the Earth Awards program
Environmental activity planned or implemented by Aboriginal people
and select outstanding entries from the submissions organization that owns or is a partner in the
in 2002. Now in its eighth year, more than
implementation of the project/initiative.
70 awards have been presented to recipients received. This panel will select initiatives that
best meet the spirit of the evaluation criteria. Please provide:
throughout the province.
Nominees or applicants will be notified of the
results. All entries are public information, and
• Project or initiative title
Eligible Submissions summaries of the selected submission will be • Sponsoring individuals or organizations
Any environmental activity planned published. Individuals who are members of • Name and title of contact person
• Contact information, including:
or implemented by Aboriginal people, or the evaluation panel are ineligible to apply.
involving Aboriginal people in the Province - Mailing address
of Manitoba. - Telephone and fax numbers
- E-mail address
Spirit of the Earth Awards Submission Form
Environment includes social, cultural,
physical and spiritual elements. Submission B Description: Include title, objectives,
may involve traditional activities such as activities and project photos, if available.
hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and C Demonstrate the direct involvement
harvesting, which provide opportunities for Nominees May Include:
of Aboriginal people including:
youth and Elders to interact on the land.
• Individuals • Individual contributions
• Aboriginal organizations • Organizations
• Youth and student organizations • Partnerships
Submissions will be accepted until April 30, • Cultural, religious and sport groups
2010. Award winners will be announced on D What is the positive impact or benefits
Manitoba Day, May 12, 2010. Recipients will
• Educational institutions of your project?
be presented with their Spirit of the Earth • Media
(Signature of Applicant/Nominee)
Please identify submissions as:
Please identify objectives:
Awards on National Aboriginal Day, • Trade or professional organizations E Describe how many people are affected by
June 21, 2010. • Local governments or involved in the activity or project.
Project or Initiative Title:
• Business F Describe the educational component, teaching
materials and techniques, if applicable.
G Discuss any significant challenges faced
and how they were overcome.