Kristine McLeod’s legacy honoured with new scholarship

The Gwich’in Tribal Council in partnership with the GNWT has created a scholarship for young Indigenous leaders in honour of Kristine McLeod, the former GTC deputy grand chief who passed away unexpectedly in August.

McLeod was well beloved by her community. She “contributed immensely to the health, wellness, culture and education of Gwich’in people,” reads a press release.

This award looks to other young Indigneous NWT residents who show a commitment to public service. Whether that be in a community, territorial, federal or Indigneous government level.

“We miss her however we are comforted by the fact that such a legacy has been created to develop the future generations of young leaders in the North,” says the Gwich’in Tribal Council grand chief, Ken Kyikavichik.

A $5,000 bursary will be awarded to “individuals who personify outstanding leadership qualities” to help them in their education.

In addition, the award recipient should be positive, in the early stages of their career (between five and ten years) and have been recently elected to a leadership position.

The award will be given out annually beginning in 2022.

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