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Project Stream Selection Process


In order to ensure equal representation across Canada, the country has been divided into six major regions. The regions are as follows:

  • West Coast (BC, YK);
  • West Central (AB, SK);
  • The North (NWT, NU);
  • Central (MB, ON);
  • Francophone (NB, QC, others (as applicable)); and
  • Atlantic Coast (NFL, NS, PEI, NB).

Selection Process:

A selection committee, composed of individuals from across Canada, including funders of the program, will review project submissions and submit their recommendations for recognition. Up to twelve projects from the art and essay stream and up to fifteen projects from the project stream will be selected for honouring.

Selection Criteria:

In selecting projects, representation from the following areas will be taken into consideration: early years, middle years, senior years, gender, and cultural diversity. 

A strong preference will be given to projects that were created in consultation with, or as part of an interaction with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Mentors or Residential School Survivors. 

The following criteria will be considered as well:

  • Does the project reflect the theme of Imagine a Canada and consider our future through a lens of Reconciliation?
  • Does the project demonstrate an understanding of Reconciliation and is its message clear and on point?
  • Is the project reflective, thoughtful, and creative?
  • Are answers on the submission form fully developed, spell-checked (if appropriate), and polished?
  • How does the project address Reconciliation in school or community?
  • How has the project taken into consideration or involved the larger school or community?
  • Does the project seem like it can be accomplished before year end?
  • Does the project have enough identified support to be completed?
  • What kind of resources does the project need? Does it go beyond what the micro-grant can provide?

Selected Projects:

Up to fifteen projects from the project stream (two from each region and three additional projects from across Canada) will be selected to receive a micro-grant and will also be honoured at the national celebration. The chosen submissions will have their projects included in a booklet and showcased through NCTR’s social media promotion of Imagine a Canada and the NCTR website.

The youth lead and up to two additional project representatives will be expected to give a short presentation of their project at the national celebration. Furthermore, youth from this stream will be expected to give a short update on the progress of their project and will engage with select classrooms from across the country to talk about Reconciliation and share their project.

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.