‘Confident, high-performing’ candidates wanted for Kristine McLeod award

A reminder that the nomination deadline for the Kristine McLeod Emerging Indigenous Leader Award is March 31.

The award recognizes young Indigenous NWT residents who demonstrate exceptional initiative and commitment to the principles of public service within community, territorial, federal, or Indigenous government.

Who is a good candidate? The GNWT stated the Kristine McLeod Emerging Indigenous leader is a “confident, determined, high-performing, purpose-driven professional who creates value for their co-workers, community, constituents and of course the organizations where they contribute their talents.”

Nominees will be evaluated by a selection committee established by the Secretary to Cabinet, with a recommendation of the annual award winner made to the Premier of the NWT.

The award recipient will receive a grant of $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

The grant will support the emerging leader as they continue to pursue education, training, or other opportunities that would support their development as a leader.

Former deputy grand chief McLeod, died in a car accident on the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway on a Sunday morning in August 2021.

The 38-year-old Gwich’in leader’s kindness, leadership and generosity touched many people.

Then premier Caroline Cochrane stated, “Kristine McLeod spent her life working for the Gwich’in people. She wanted a better future for the Gwich’in and was dedicated to achieving this.”

Application forms available at the Finance Department webpage.