Investing in First Nations in British Columbia

2013 Recipient Stories

Below are some inspiring messages of gratitude sent by past recipients of New Relationship Trust Foundation scholarships and bursaries.

Download the 2012-13 Recipient Brochure


Carmen Mcphee

NRTF Bursary
Business Management/Administration

In 2004 I graduated from the College of New Caledonia with a Entrepreneurial Certificate. I moved back to Telegraph Creek and worked for Tahltan Fisheries for seven years. This past fall we decided to move to Terrace so I could go back to school and enroll in the business administration program, with a focus in human resources. When I graduate I would like to work for my Nation and help our people have equality in the mining field; and to be an advocate for better working relationships between the contractors and all First Nations people.


Lester (Todd) Alec

The Provincial Health Services Authority Doctorate Scholarship

I am a member of the Nak’azdli of the (Dakelh) Carrier Nation and a member of the Lhts’umusyoo (Beaver) clan. My parents are Laura-Lee Alec and the late Lester Alec. I completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in Biomedical Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. I am currently in my first year of Medical school at the University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program. I am the first member of my community to be accepted into medical school.

I appreciate the help you have shown me in my undergrad and the continued support as it allows me to not worry about my financials so that I can focus on my studies. I did not expect this as it would be tough to compete against PhD students for the 5 awards. Thank you for looking for additional funds to help support my education as you went over and above your mandate. I hope that you can continue this in the. Snachailya (Thank you) for taking your time and attension to consider my application and support my journey of becoming a doctor.