Kayla Houle of Bigstone Cree Nation attends Thompson Rivers University and spends much of her spare time volunteering at Cp’luktwen (Gathering House). She strongly believes in storytelling as a form of healing and hopes to create positive change in her community through a healing program.
Denis, of Kehewin Cree Nation, is a welding apprentice who studied at Portage College. Understanding his heritage and giving back to his community are very important to him. One way he has chosen to help others is by speaking up and encouraging young people to pursue their dreams and continue their education.
Note: The Osum Spark Awards were launched in 2014. At the time, two scholarships were presented. Since then, the program has been expanded to provide four $5000 scholarships to secondary students, post-secondary students or apprentices from Indigenous communities near Osum’s project areas in northern Alberta.