Spirit of the Earth Awards Program 2010 by gmq15607


									                                                                                                                             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
R3C 2P4
Winnipeg, Manitoba
PO Box 815
Business Communications
Donna Minkus,
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 dcminkus@hydro.mb.ca or visit our web site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Aboriginal Environmental
                                                                                                                             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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                E-mail address:
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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Individual Contribution
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
Important Dates
                                               • 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Telephone Number:
                                                                                                       G Discuss any significant challenges faced
                                                                                                         and how they were overcome.


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