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The British Columbia Reconciliation Award recognizes individuals, groups and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership, integrity, respect, and commitment to furthering the Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report; and/or inspired others to do so.

Dates to Remember

  • November 15, 2021 – Nominations OPENED
  • January 15, 2022 – Nominations CLOSED
  • June 14, 2022 - Awardees ANNOUNCED

Nominators have the option to start the online form and save it, however, the completed form and all nomination materials by must be submitted by January 15 @ 11:59 p.m. for the nomination to be considered. Nominations will open again in November 2023.

Who can nominate

The Award program provides an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the work of those individuals, groups and organizations committed to furthering the principles of reconciliation in British Columbia. Any person, group or organization may submit nominations for the Award with exceptions noted below.


  • Any British Columbian (or former long-term resident) or British Columbia-based group or organization that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to advancing the principles of reconciliation in British Columbia is eligible to receive the Award
  • A sitting federal, provincial or municipal representative is eligible to receive the Award
  • Chiefs or other members of a governing body of an Indigenous nation are eligible to receive the Award
  • Nominations of any individual under the age of 19 must be accompanied by the permission of a parent or guardian
  • A person may receive the Award posthumously only if the selection committee has recommended the nomination to the Lieutenant Governor before their passing
  • If more than one nomination is submitted for the same nominee, both will be presented to the selection committee for their review
  • A group or organization may submit a self-nomination


  • An individual may not submit a self-nomination
  • Current members of the selection committee, or members of the selection committee’s immediate family may not submit a nomination
  • BC Achievement board members are not eligible for the Award
  • A person who is a member of the judiciary is not eligible for the Award
  • Nominations from the nominee’s immediate family are not eligible
  • Incomplete nominations are not eligible
  • Past recipients of the Reconciliation Award are not eligible

Selection of Award Recipients

The selection committee for the British Columbia Reconciliation Award includes representation by Indigenous Elders and BC First Nations leadership. The committee reviews the nominations and selects the award recipients. The decision of the committee is final. Nominees are notified only if selected for an award. The British Columbia Reconciliation Award is awarded by the Lieutenant Governor on the recommendation of the selection committee.


The awards shall be presented to the recipients as arranged by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. This may occur in community, or at other locations, to be determined during the year of the awards. Awardees receive a commemorative certificate plaque signed and presented by the Lieutenant Governor and BC Achievement Board Member, the BC Achievement medallion and lapel pin designed by renowned First Nations artist, Robert Davidson, CM, OBC, and artwork created by the Crabtree McLennan Emerging Artist in First Nations Art. In addition, BC Achievement curates an online #shinethelightbc campaign, highlighting each awardee’s accomplishments, through its social media platforms with a daily focus on individual awardees.

Rescission of an Awardee's Recognition


The nominator must complete the online Nomination form and include the following items:

Nominee name & contact information (i.e., street & mailing address, phone number and email. Nominators are encouraged to provide the nominee’s website and social media handles)

Achievement Description (2500 characters maximum)

  • Provide a detailed description of the work the nominee has done to advance the principles of reconciliation in British Columbia
  • If the reconciliation work is part of the nominee’s job, explain how the nominee rose above the expectations of the position and how the nominee is contributing to reconciliation in a meaningful way that has broader impact
  • If the work occurs in the area of education, the nominator should explain how the nominee used the curriculum to amplify and revitalize Indigenous culture; provide examples of what communities can do together; and how their reconciliation work has transformed relationships between them

Impact of the nominee’s achievements (3000 characters maximum)

  • Describe the outcomes of the work the nominee has done to advance the principles of reconciliation and in what way has the nominee’s work specifically impacted youth and/or Indigenous Elders

Two support letters from two separate individuals other than the nominator (2500 characters maximum per letter). Support letters should be current and written specifically for the British Columbia Reconciliation Award.
Note: the support letter should also provide the writer's contact information.

Nominator name & contact information (including the length and duration of the relationship with the nominee)

Optional - Additional Materials

  • Nominators have the option to submit additional materials such as a biography, curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, video or recorded testimonials, additional support letters, links to YouTube videos, photos, etc. A maximum of five items (10 pages total and five minutes of video will be accepted). All materials must be submitted electronically.


Nominations are valid for three years including the first year of nomination and two subsequent years and should be updated annually by request of the nominator. Nominators are strongly encouraged to update their nomination package for consideration by the following year's selection committee if their nominee was not recognized in the previous year’s Awardee cohort.

To update your nomination package, please send the following items as an email attachment:

  • A one-page document (2500 characters maximum) in pdf format highlighting the nominee’s contributions to the process of reconciliation this past year. Please include any updates to the nominee and/or nominator’s contact information
  • Up to 5 additional materials. Please indicate which additional materials from last year’s submission you would like to replace (we are happy to send you the nomination package submitted last year for your immediate reference)

Note: All updates should be sent by email to [email protected] by January 15  @ 11:59 p.m. Please use subject line: BC Reconciliation Award UPDATE + nominee’s name

Or - complete a new online nomination form and mention in the Achievement Description that you are submitting a new nomination for the individual / group / organization you nominated last year.


1. What should be said in a support letter? 

A support letter should: include details about how the nominee hademonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect, and commitment to furthering reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in the province of BC and/or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts; indicate the relationship between the writer and the nominee and the length of the relationshipdescribe the outcomes of the work the nominee has done to advance the principles of reconciliation and how the nominee’s work has specifically impacted youth and/or Indigenous Elders. 

2. To whom should the support letter be addressed?

Support letters should be addressed to the Selection Committee. All support letters must be signed by the writer; include his/her contact information; and be current and specific to the nomination of the British Columbia Reconciliation Award. 

3. Can more than two support letters be submitted?

Other support letters may be submitted as 'additional materials'. A maximum of five items i.e. additional materials (10 pages total and five minutes of video) will be accepted. These five items may also include biography, curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, video or recorded testimonials, links to YouTube videos, photos etc.   

4. Are congratulatory letters from other programs accepted in the nomination package?

Other congratulatory letters may be included as additional materials, but they may not serve as support letters. 

 5. Is a nomination considered for more than one year?

Submitted nominations begin a three-year program and may be reviewed by up to three selection committees. Nominators are given the opportunity to update their nomination each year prior to review by the current year's selection committee.  

6. Should the nominator tell the nominee about the nomination? 

It is up to the discretion of the nominator whether or not to inform the nominee about the nomination.

7. When are the awardees notified and where are the names of the awardees published?

Awardees will be notified following the deliberations of the selection committee. Their names will be announced through the Lieutenant Governor's and BC Achievement’s respective media channels. 

Nominations Open:
November 15
Nominations Close:
January 15

Awardees Announced:

June 14

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Honouring excellence and inspiring achievement in reconciliation leadership

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in partnership with the BC Achievement Foundation, is honoured to announce the recipients of the second British Columbia Reconciliation Award.

The award recognizes six extraordinary individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect, and commitment to furthering reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in the province of British Columbia, or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts.

The British Columbia Reconciliation Award draws inspiration from the work of the Honourable Steven Point [Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl], 28th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and a founder of the Award. His hand-carved red cedar canoe, Shxwtitostel, currently on display at the BC Legislature buildings, was created as a symbol of reconciliation, with the understanding that “we are all in the same canoe” and must “paddle together” to move forward.

The selection committee for the 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award, including representation from Indigenous Elders and leadership, is:

  • p̓i·q̓, Dr. Christopher Horsethief – Ktunaxa Nation
  • T’esóts’en, Patrick Kelly – Leq’á:mel Nation
  • Nicole McLaren – Métis Nation
  • Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers – Hupacasath Nation
  • T,łalisam, Kim van der Woerd – ‘Namgis Nation

Members of the selection committee, along with the Honourable Steven Point, led in the creation and design of the BC Reconciliation Award, ensuring the award was founded on the principles of Indigenous culture and knowledge.

Read the full press release here.

Reconciliation builds relationships and bridges the gap between two worlds through the efforts of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. By recognizing the truths of past wrongs and showcasing examples of how to make things right, others will be inspired to follow.

BC Achievement Foundation board member
Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers

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