Nominate an artist for the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art – open until July 7th!

It’s the final week to nominate a deserving artist for the Fulmer Award. Nominations can be submitted up to the end of day July 7. 

The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art celebrates artistic excellence in traditional or contemporary visual arts by First Nations artists. If you are a First Nations Artist who has lived in BC for at least the last three years you could qualify. 

Did you know that you can nominate yourself for this award?

Third party nominations and self-nominations are both eligible. The form is online here and is relatively straightforward. Just make sure you have an Artist Statement, and images of the artwork and contact information ready to upload. A resumé is a bonus, but not required, same goes for reference letters.  

Want some tips on filling out the online form? 

When writing the Artist’s Statement, use the space to tell your story and describe how and why your work should be considered for the award. Expand on what makes your work unique and interesting, how it contributes to the cultural economy of BC, who or what has influenced you, and why the jury should select your submission above the others. You can write about who has influenced you, how your work has the respect of your peers and/or how you’ve mentored others. 

When deciding which ten images to include in your submission, think about this: 

Key advice for the images is to ensure they show your art in the best light possible. No pun intended — the lighting must be good and sharpen your images to show off all the details of your hard work. Even if you work in different mediums, include images that reveal your signature style. And if you have images from earlier in your career add them to show how your work has evolved. Add, titles, dates, and descriptions right in the form. 

Highlighting the artistic skills of First Nations Artists in our communities helps to advance the collective conversation around art in BC, and serves as a platform to share cultural history with fellow British Columbians. 
Be part of it! #nominatenowbc 

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

June is Nominate Now  Month at BC Achievement 

Photo: 2020 Awardee, Benjamin Kikkert, Amethyst Glasses & Decanter

It’s important to elevate excellence through nominations for award programs – it raises awareness of the good things happening in our communities and inspires innovation, change and leadership. Nominating someone or their business for an award showcases their ongoing initiative, their dedicated commitment to their practice, their tenacity and their excellence in their chosen field. Nominating is a great way to demonstrate respect and gratitude for someone who achieves excellence in their endeavours and whose story can inspire others through this recognition.  

What are the benefits of a successful nomination to an awardee? Most importantly, it helps raise the profile of the awardee and the community they serve. It reinforces that the awardee is on the right path, and it helps validate all the efforts they’ve put into their chosen field as being worthwhile. A successful nomination also helps share experiences with others in the field, creating role models and establishing platforms for change while bringing people together over common interests and passions.  

By recognizing the accomplishments of our province’s entrepreneurs, artists, and community leaders BC Achievement’s award programs pay tribute to exceptional people, doing exceptional work. Recognition serves as a tool that can contribute to growth and development of individuals, communities and organizations throughout the province.  

BC Achievement’s Fall award programs allow incredible people to be recognized by their peers. Do you know someone who fits these categories? Then nominate now and help shine the light on excellence in BC!  

Indigenous Business Award – Elevates excellence within Indigenous-owned businesses. Online nominations for the Indigenous Business Award program are open until June 30, 2021. 

Fulmer Award in First Nations Art – Celebrates artistic excellence in traditional and contemporary visual arts by First Nations artists. The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art nominations are open until July 7, 2021. 

Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design – Honours excellence in functional art and design. The Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design is open until July 14, 2021. 

Be part of it — elevate excellence in BC – and nominate a deserving individual or business for one of these awards!

View details online and #nominatenowbc! 

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

Indigenous People’s Day 2021 – how to
support, learn and celebrate

Animikii is a digital agency that drives social innovation through Indigenous technology. As a recipient of the 2019 Indigenous Business Award, they have a firm grasp of uniting Indigenous traditions with contemporary practices. 

So, we turn to these experts to share with us what allies can do on Indigenous People’s Day, being celebrated this year on Monday, June 21. At Animikii, they treat National Indigenous Peoples Day like a statutory holiday so that their team can attend community events that honour and celebrate Indigenous Peoples as resilient, vibrant, and diverse members of society. To prepare for this celebration, they’ve compiled a list of activities that you and your family can do from the comfort of your home. 

Research on whose traditional territory your home or work is located, and – if you don’t do it already – make an effort to acknowledge that territory by sharing it on social media. 

Support an Indigenous artist in your area by purchasing or sharing their art. 

Watch films outlining the journey of Indigenous businesses and First Nations artists.

Read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and think about how you contribute to protecting or denying these rights. 

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and discuss with your friends and family how you can work towards adhering to all of these Calls. 

Listen to Indigenous podcasts. Some suggestions include: 

Indigenous Innovators
Teachings in the Air 
Media Indigena 
Medicine for the Resistance 
The Red Road 
Warrior Life 
Warrior Kids
Unreserved with Falan Johnson  
Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo 
The Henceforward
One Dish, One Mic 
Métis in Space 
Coffee With My Ma 
Think Indigenous 
and check out the rest of the Indian and Cowboy network. 

Watch Indigenous Cinema.

Call your local Friendship Centre and ask if they need any volunteers or donations for programs or events. 

Attend virtual events.

Take the #Next150 Challenge – actionable steps to take on your learning journey.

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