2024 annual Award of Excellence in Nursing: call for nominations

Celebrating the dedication, initiative and distinction of nurses who are helping to improve the health of First Nations and Inuit in Canada.


The call for nominations for the 2024 Award of Excellence in Nursing is now closed.

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About the award

This award is presented to 3 exceptional nurses who provide care to First Nations and/or Inuit clients. Nominees will have demonstrated that they are committed to excellence in professional nursing practices serving First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada by:

The Award of Excellence in Nursing will be presented to 3 recipients during National Nursing Week. A ceremony will be held in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Travel and accommodation expenses for each of the recipients will be provided by First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) to attend the award ceremony. All travel are in accordance with the Treasury Board Directive on Travel.

Who is eligible

The award is open to all registered nurses, nurse practitioners and registered or licensed practical nurses who:


The call for nominations for the 2024 Award of Excellence in Nursing is now closed.

All nominators and nominees will be notified in April 2024 of the results. We wish to thank everyone involved in the nomination process for taking the time to nominate an outstanding nurse providing direct front-line care in a First Nations or Inuit community.

How to make a nomination

Nominated candidates will be assessed in 3 areas:

  1. Excellence in people skills
  2. Dedication to leadership, learning, and professional development
  3. Fostering reconciliation

The members of the Nursing Award Advisory/Selection Committee will base their evaluations on specific criteria within anonymized nomination packages. Please review the criteria below and within your nomination assessment form, describe specific examples of how the nominee fulfills them.

The nominator must complete the nomination form (if an issue occurs with the link, open with Adobe) summarizing why the nominee should receive this award. Clearly legible, hand-written documentation will also be accepted.

The selection committee will evaluate the candidates based on the following mandatory criteria and optional documents. Please complete the form accordingly.

Excellence in people skills (all 4 criteria):

Dedication to leadership, learning and professional development (all 5 criteria):

Fostering reconciliation (1 criteria):

Mandatory documents for a complete nomination package submission

  • Candidate or nominee's current resume
  • Completed and signed nomination form (if an issue occurs with the link, save to desktop and open with Adobe) by the nominator as well as signed by the candidate or nominee (handwritten or digital signature option available)

Optional documents

  • Letters of reference or support. These letters should include the following information:
    • who you are (your name, title and organization, if any)
    • your connection with the person you are recommending and the dates in which you knew the nominee
    • the specific skills they have (referencing the merit criteria listed above)
    • a signature and the date the letter was written

The letters of reference or support would be strengthened by referencing the merit criteria as outlined above. They can be provided by, as an example, a supervisor, manager, colleague, client, community member or leadership.

Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. Please include candidate or nominees full name, title and organization on all documentation.

Nominees will be evaluated by a selection committee only on the information provided within the nomination package.

Nominations packages can be submitted by:

  • Email: nursingawards-prixensoinsinfirmiers@sac-isc.gc.ca
  • Mail:
    Indigenous Services Canada
    First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
    National Capital Region
    Primary Care Policy & Practice Unit – Nursing Award
    Suite 1455 - 10 rue Wellington
    Gatineau QC  K1A 0H4

Contact: nursingawards-prixensoinsinfirmiers@sac-isc.gc.ca

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