The deadline for nominations in 2022 has now passed. Nominations for 2023 will open in Fall 2022. Below is the information for the 2022 nomination period.

Candidates can either be nominated or self-nominate for the Award. Nominees must be women and must be enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution. Nominees must be Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit or Métis). Nominators and Nominees do not need to be a member of Women in Mining Canada or a member of a regional Women in Mining Chapter; however, they are encouraged to become a member through the Women in Mining Canada website ( or regional Women in Mining Chapter websites. Current Women in Mining Canada board members are not eligible, nor are previous winners of the Indigenous Student Trailblazer Award. However, winners of other awards in the Trailblazer Awards Series are eligible, provided they meet all other criteria.

Nominators will answer two essay-type questions about the Nominee (max 1 page each):

  • Why is the nominee interested in a career in the Canadian mining industry?
  • How has the nominee supported and contributed to the advancement of other Indigenous people and/or women looking to have careers in the Canadian mining industry?

Working experience in the industry is an asset; however, it is not a requirement. All fields of study will be considered. Nominators are invited to include information the Nominee’s personal character when answering the essay-type questions. For example, comments may include any of the following personal characteristics: leading by positive change, disruptor and innovator, visionary thinking and innovative approach to the industry, collegiality and team building, mentoring and coaching, authenticity and transparency, integrity and ethics, business acumen, etc.

Nomination Guidelines
Fill out the present form to submit a Nominee for consideration for the 2022 Women in Mining Canada Indigenous Student Trailblazer Award.

Each nomination will include:

  • Nominator and Nominee contact information (if different)
  • Complete resume/CV (max 2 pages)
  • Transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted; proof of enrollment will be accepted for new students)
  • Essay answers to the questions above

Additional Information
Selection of the Women in Mining Canada Indigenous Student Trailblazer Award recipient will be made by the Indigenous Student Trailblazer Award Selection Committee and will subsequently be approved by the Women in Mining Canada Board of Directors, whose decision will be final. Selection will be based solely on the documentation submitted.

All results will be made public at the end of the month of February 2022, and candidates will be informed accordingly. Recipients and the Awards will be celebrated at the 2022 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention.

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