Jim Bourque Scholarship for Indigenous Students
This scholarship honours the legacy of the late Hon. James W. Bourque, PC. Born in Wandering River, Alberta, Bourque was of Cree and Métis background. At the age of 18, he was elected president of an association of hunters and trappers in Fort Chipewyan before working as a park warden in Wood Buffalo National Park from 1955 to 1963. He served as president of the Métis Association of the Northwest Territories from 1980 to 1982, was deputy minister of renewable resources for the government of the Northwest Territories from 1982 to 1991 and chairman of the Northwest Territories’ Commission for Constitutional Development.
In 1984 he founded the Fur Institute of Canada, serving as its chairman for four years. He was named co-director of policy for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People in 1994. On July 1, 1992, he was sworn into the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.
To be eligible you must be:
- Enrolled in post-secondary training in Education, Environmental Studies, Traditional Knowledge or Telecommunications; and
- a Canadian Indigenous student.