This award was created in recognition of Judy Bourne, an inspirational woman of Cree Ancestry. Judy was a devoted wife and mother of six children who was well known for her athletic and coaching abilities, particularly as a nationally and internationally recognized volleyball coach.

Judy taught for many years in a variety of subjects at various grade levels. From 1984-1989, she was the Executive Director of M’akola Housing Society, a society responsible for developing urban Indigenous housing on Vancouver Island. Under her guidance, the society became a model for housing projects across Canada. During her tenure she (along with well-known artist Roy Henry Vickers) was chosen by the Aboriginal Nations Education Department as a role model for her contribution to the Indigenous Communities of this area.

Annual award amount: $1,600 (six available)
Deadline: May 13th
Application: View PDF application


  • Cameron Christison, Beaver First Nation, Highland Secondary School
  • Christien Harris, Squamish Nation, Dover Bay Secondary
  • Destiny Hanson, Ehattesaht Nation, Lambrick Park Secondary School
  • Rayn Cook-Thomas, Songhees Nation, Victoria High School
  • Rochelle Helstrom, Cree Nation, Carihi Secondary School


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.

Annual award amount: $ 1,000 (four available)
Deadline: November 9th
Application: View PDF application

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 – 2017 Recipients:

  • 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


Our sister society, M’akola Housing Society, has a bursary they offer in a partnership with Camosun College. Thanks to the partnership with the college and the extreme generosity of the late Dorothy Mary Price, the Society 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 to helping students achieve their financial goals and to providing the support necessary for success. This bursary is managed through Camosun College’s Financial Aid office and applications can be obtained there.

Annual award amount: $500-600
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Click here for more information