Indigenous Business Award
Nominations Open: June 1 – June 30

Photo: Leigh Joseph – Skwálwen Botanicals

It’s time to #nominatenowBC for the 2021 Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program. The award program creates space for Indigenous entrepreneurs to share their dreams, their hard lessons and give a new definition to what success means in their world.  

The IBA program identifies and recognizes Indigenous entrepreneurs in BC, serving as a catalyst for progress and opportunity. The program allows for collaborative and strategic partnerships to thrive giving voice to Indigenous entrepreneurship while modelling success.  

Indigenous businesses are a driving force in the economy of this province and deserve to be recognized for their effort, skill and courage. Be part of it and share these stories of building resilience in business excellence by nominating worthy Indigenous businesses for the 2021 program. 

If you are an Indigenous business or if you know an individual or business that demonstrates excellence in their entrepreneurial skills and leadership, nominate them for a 2021 Indigenous Business Award.  

Categories are:  
Young Entrepreneur of the Year  
Business of the Year
Community-Owned
Business Partnership of the Year

“It is crucial to acknowledge excellence, and increase Indigenous representation, in the business and entrepreneurship space. Representation matters. The more Indigenous businesses that are successful, the more inspiration there will be for up and coming Indigenous entrepreneurs to pursue their entrepreneurial path. The more stories of resilience, strength and innovation that are shared from Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs the more we as a society shift the narratives of trauma and deficit that are often at the forefront of news stories amid ongoing anti-Indigenous racism that exists in our country.”

Leigh Joseph, Skwálwen Botanticals, 2020 IBA Awardee

Support Indigenous Business in our communities and inspire achievement throughout BC. Be part of it!  

Nominate now at bcachievement.com now until June 30th.  

BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change.

Fulmer Award in First Nations Art
Nominations Open: June 1 – July 7 

Photo: Evelyn Vanderhoop – Raven’s Tail Robe 2

Are you an artist, or do you know an artist who demonstrates excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art? Nominate them now for a 2021 Fulmer Award in First Nations Art! Read more!

Be a part of celebrating art and culture, while honouring traditions in carving, beading, weaving, painting, and more! Help recognize First Nations artists throughout our province by nominating them for the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art. 

The Fulmer Award honours excellence and inspires achievement in First Nations Art throughout the province. It celebrates the intersection of art and culture, while honouring First Nations artistic traditions, creating a platform for community engagement, mentorship and storytelling.     

“I have been weaving, teaching, and researching the Northwest Coast textiles for more than 30 years. This is the first award acknowledging my many years in the art of weaving. The Fulmer Award is, at this point in my career, encouraging and validates my efforts in bringing the traditional arts of the textiles forward to future weavers as well as making the textiles more known in the milieu of Indigenous arts.”

Evelyn Vanderhoop, 2020 Award of Distinction

Visit bcachievement.com and #nominatenowBC! Nominations open now until July 7th. 

BC Achievement is grateful to The Fulmer Foundation for its generous support of the First Nations Art program.  

BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change.

Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design
Nominations Open: June 1 – July 14 

Photo: Benjamin Kikkert – Amethyst Glasses & Decanter

June is Nominate Now month and the 2021 Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design is now open for your nomination. Help honour excellence and inspire achievement in Applied Art and Design (AAD) throughout the province. 

Celebrating British Columbians whose work directly contributes to the cultural and economic fabric of the province, the Carter Wosk Award shines a light on functional art which enhances day-to-day life for individuals while enriching our collective experiences.  

This award program is open for self-nominations or third-party nominations of applied artists and designers in BC. Artists and designers whose work has a practical or functional application can be considered for this award. This includes, but not limited to, furniture, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, weaving, glass, fashion, and industrial design. 

Do you know someone whose work is deserving of recognition? Someone whose achievement derives from their dedicated effort, expert skills and undaunted courage? Nominate them for the Carter Wosk Award and help elevate skillful people creating inspiring art. It’s important for the field of applied art and it has a lasting impact on the awardees who are key drivers of BC’s creative economy.  

Concrete jewellery designer Karen Konzuk reflects on the impact of receiving the Carter Wosk Award in 2020. “It was a very exciting moment for me to hear I was recognized for my work, especially knowing this group of awardees was recognized for innovation. I feel this is a key element to my design that helps me to stand out from my competition.” She also feels it is important to acknowledge artistic excellence in applied art and design. “The world of art and design is extremely saturated and at times, it is hard to stand out. With social media and everything being digital there are a lot of copycats. To be recognized for the dedication we put into original design, attention to detail, and innovation brings us to the forefront and gives credibility to the work we have achieved.”  

Visit bcachievement.com to #nominatenowBC! Nominations are open until July 14th. 

BC Achievement is grateful for the generosity of the Yosef Wosk Family Foundation toward the Carter Wosk Award program.  

BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change.