2015 Recipient Stories

2015 Recipient Stories

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

Download the 2014-15 Recipient Brochure

Tina Marie Lynn Nash

FNHA Master’s

I am a member of Tahltan Nation, a mother of 11 children and grandmother of two. I am a firm believer in the power of education to liberate oneself from poverty, oppression and social and economic disparity. I also believe that we must be the change we wish to see in the world, so I try very hard to be a good role model for my children and community. My vision is to one day open a healing centre for Aboriginal women coming out of the prison system that has social, housing, economic, educational, spiritual, cultural and mental health support.

“I would like to thank the New Relationship Trust (NRT) and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) for their recognition and support of Aboriginal post-secondary education. Without the support of NRT and their partnership with FNHA, I would not have been able to embark on the educational journey that I have over the last two years.”

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Jordan Abel

NRTF Doctorate

I am a Nisga’a writer, and my goal is to teach Creative Writing and English. I have chapbooks published by JackPine Press and Above/Ground Press, and my work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals across Canada including Prairie Fire, EVENT, ARC, The Capilano Review, Grain and Canadian Literature. I am an editor for Poetry Is Dead magazine and the former editor for PRISM international and Geist. My first book, The Place of Scraps, was published by Talonbooks in 2013, and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and was the winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

“My sincerest thanks for all of your generosity. The New Relationship Trust Foundation Doctoral Scholarship will be exceptionally helpful on my continuing journey towards my career goal.”

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Clifford Atleo

NRTF Doctorate
Political Science

My Nuu-chah-nulth name is Chachim’multhnii and my Tsimshian name is Kam’ayaam. I am from Ahousaht, Kitselas and Kitsumkalum. I am completing my final year of my PhD as the 2014-2015 Henry Roe Cloud Fellow at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut with my wife, our son and another baby on the way. My research focuses on economic alternatives to neoliberal capitalism rooted in Nuu-chah-nulth values and principles. In particular, I am interested in efforts by Nuu-chah-nulth families to re-connect to our ancestral lands and waters.

“I am grateful to the New Relationship Trust for their support throughout my academic career, the Ahousaht First Nation, my family and houses (Tlaakishpitl and Nishaywaaxs), my academic peers and mentors and of course my loving and supportive wife and our patient son. I am honoured to receive so much support to conduct research that I feel is important to our communities and our futures as strong Indigenous nations and families.”

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Fredrick Mowatt

CANFOR Bursary
Heavy Equipment Operator

I am from the Gitxsan Nation, and was born and raised in Hazelton, BC. I moved to Terrace where I met my wife Billie. We have been together for 26 years, we have four children. I have worked in saw mills and in logging, until I made a fish charting business. We moved to Vancouver and we had to make career changes so I took a heavy equipment operator course in Tsawwassen, BC. I hope to secure a good paying job in the new industry I have chosen.

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Shawna Peters

FNHA Bursary
Family and Community Counseling

I was born in Chilliwack, BC. I come from the Peters Road reserve. It is a very small reserve. I went to elementary school and some high school in Hope, BC. I finished high school at Chilliwack Senior Secondary. I worked for a couple years doing various jobs, finding the right place to live and right fit for me. I finally came to Vancouver, BC and I decided to go to the Native Education College to pursue a career working with and helping people. I enjoy working with my Aboriginal Culture and Heritage.

“Wow, thank you so much! This award means that I can be able to save, focus on studies and focus on volunteering. It means that I can buy food, pay for rent and if I need any supplies for school, I can buy them. I am so excited for this and everything to come. I look forward to working towards a career and I only hope that I can continue my education. This award gives me hope that I might be able to continue education after this final last year towards obtaining my diploma. Thank you, I am so grateful. Thank you.”

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Colleen Goats

NRTF Bursary
Social Service Worker

Hi, I’m Colleen and I’m in the Social Service Worker UT Diploma program at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC. I’ve lived in the foster care system my whole life, and because of this and being around social workers, I wanted to give back and become one myself. I’m so delighted that I have the opportunity for this program and my acceptance for this bursary, and I’ll use it to my advantage in my college journey.

“It has been an amazing opportunity and an honour to recieve this bursary and I will use it to assist with my life as a post-secondary student.”

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Kathryn Robinson

FNHA Undergraduate
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

My Name is Kathryn Robinson and I am from the Tzeachten First Nation. I am currently in my fourth year of studies at SFU to complete my bachelor of science in molecular biology and biochemistry. My educational journey up to this point in my life has been extremely important to me and I am very determined to be successful in my studies. I would like a career that provides an opportunity to help improve the lives of others, so following graduation I plan to apply to the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC.

“I am extremely appreciative for the support from the NRT Foundation. My future goals aim towards and include the same values of community, building the future and leadership that I believe motivates the programs provided by the NRTF. I have enormous respect for the legacy of my ancestors and will contribute to my community’s future by working towards a career as a First Nation health professional.”

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Dylan Whitney

FNHA Undergraduate
Applied Science

I have just completed my first year in the Bachelor of Science program at UBC. I have transferred into the first year in the Bachelor of Applied Science in engineering. I have decided to obtain an undergraduate degree in engineering while completing my prerequisite courses for medicine/dentistry admission requirements. A career in either of these health fields will provide me with the opportunity to give back to those in need. My ultimate goal is to improve the health of all my patients and educate them about self-empowerment over their own health.

“I have had a very successful first year at university in the faculty of science, obtaining a final 82% average (A standing) in my ten courses. I would not have had such an academically successful year without the scholarship provided by the generous sponsors of the NRT Foundation scholarship. Thank you for selecting me as a recipient once again.”

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Dustin Blows

FNHA Bursary
Dispensing Optician

I never thought I would attend a post-secondary institution, but I always knew that I could do more with my life. I knew I wanted more than a job; I wanted a career. In a world of uncertainty you need to be able to support yourself and your loved ones. I was shown an amazing opportunity into a field of work that I had no idea about. I am now in my second year of studies, and the single most important reason for me being here now is that I believed in myself and realized my potential.

“I would like to sincerely thank the New Relationship Trust for this amazing award. I never thought I would receive a bursary/scholarship, but I believed in myself and decided to “do” and not just “try” because that would open myself up to a possibility of not succeeding. I would also like to say thank you to all my Chiefs and council members, family and friends for all of their continuing love and support. I would strongly encourage all studenst to achieve to their best potential, and to never stop at one success, but instead create a strong momentum to achieve even more.”

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Monique Huber

BNHA Bursary
Licensed Practical Nurse

My name is Monique Huber. I am of Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth ancestry. I grew up in Tsawout First Nation on the Saanich Peninsula. I am a wife and mother to three children. Last year, I decided to pursue my goal of becoming a nurse. My journey began with the Camosun College Indigenous College Preparation Program. Through this program, I attained all of the prerequisites required to partake in the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Bow Valley College in Alberta. I am eager to begin this new leg of my journey and appreciate all the support and encouragement from my family and community.

“My interest in the health industry stems from my observation that there are few nurses at public hospitals and health centers. I feel that our First Nations Elders and community members would feel a great deal of comfort with a First Nations nurse. I also feel that our youth will be motivated to pursue a career in the health industry with role models to show them it’s possible. Being a mother, I’d love to be that role model for my own children; showing that education is something that is both attainable and necessary for personal growth and success I am extremely grateful to have received this bursary to help with my educational journey. Being a mother and student will be a large task and this bursary will definitely help to ease the financial burden.”

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