Tom Finnie Aboriginal Trades Bursary  

This bursary is in memory of Tom Finnie, former Board Member in recognition of Tom’s commitment to his community and the communities served by the M’akola Group of Societies. M’akola has established an annual bursary to assist four Indigenous students residing on Vancouver Island and Northwest BC who are committed to a Trades Program. Please see Application for criteria and procedure.

Annual award amount: $ 1,000

Tom Finnie Aboriginal Trades Bursary 2017 Winners:

  • Nathaniel Shanks, Metis – Cree, Chippewan, Iroquois, Dene,
    Carpentry Level 4- Vancouver Island University
  • Vanessa Clayton,  Nisga’a Nation, Heavy Mechanical Foundations, Northwest Community College
  • Mark Lamont, Lax Kw’ alaams Band,
    Nautical Ship Construction and Stability 4 – Camosun College

Judy Bourne Memorial Scholarships – Click Here for 2018 Application

The M’akola Housing Society Judy Bourne First Nations Memorial Scholarship is in recognition of Judy Bourne. Judy taught for many years and was a nationally and internationally recognized volleyball coach. Under her guidance, the Society became a model for many housing projects across Canada. During her tenure, she along with well-known artist Mr. Roy Henry Vickers were chosen by the First Nations Education Department as role models for their contributions to the Indigenous Communities of this area.

  • Greater Victoria School District #61: Two Bursaries are dispersed by the Aboriginal Nations Education office. Applications can also be obtained from Aboriginal Nations District Counselors.
  • All other districts on Vancouver Island: Three bursaries are managed through the M’akola Group of Societies Administration and Finance Office, located at 104-550 Goldstream Ave, Victoria BC V9B 2W7.
  • Terrace/Prince Rupert: One bursary managed through the M’akola Group of Societies.

Annual award amount: $1,600

Deadline: May 19


Juanita Cordova, Tsawout First Nation, Mt. Douglas Secondary School

Darien Masuskapoe, Ahtahkakoop 104, Reynolds Secondary School

Mariyah Dunn-Jones, Pacheedaht First Nation, Edward Milne Community School

Kourtney Brager, Metis, Ballenas Secondary School

Scott Stoesz, Makwa Sahgaiehcan, Timberline Secondary

Drew Harris, Wet’se’weten & Gitxsan, Hazelton Secondary


M’akola Housing Society Bursary

In a partnership with Camosun College and the extreme generosity of the late Dorothy Mary Price, the M’akola Group of Societies has created this bursary to provide assistance to Indigenous students. One of the Society’s main objectives is assisting Indigenous people who live off reserve. Contributing to the affordability of post secondary education is very important in both helping students to achieve their financial goals and providing the support necessary for success. The M’akola Housing Society Bursary is managed through Camosun College’s Financial Aid office and applications may be obtained there.

Annual award amount: $500-600

Deadline: October 15

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