2022 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 2022 Award of Excellence in Nursing call for nominations is now closed.

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About the award

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

The award will be presented to 3 recipients during National Nursing Week. A virtual Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022. Each recipient will receive a framed certificate, as well as a gift to commemorate this special occasion.

Who is eligible

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


The 2021 Award of Excellence in Nursing call for nominations is now closed.

Completed nomination packages had to be submitted electronically no later than Friday, March 4, 2022 at 4 pm Eastern time or by mail, postmarked no later than Friday, March 4, 2022.

All nominators and nominees will be notified in April 2022 of the results.

We wish to thank everyone involved in the process for taking the time to nominate an outstanding nurse providing direct front-line care in a First Nations or Inuit community.

How to submit a nomination

Nominees will be assessed in 2 areas:

  1. excellence in people skills
  2. dedication to leadership, learning, professional development and cultural competency

The members of the Nursing Award Selection Committee will base their evaluation 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  summarizing why the nominee should receive this award.

We recommend using Internet Explorer and Adobe to access the forms. Forms can also be requested by email at the following address: sac.fnihbrecognition-dgspnireconnaissance.isc@canada.ca

Clearly legible, hand-written documentation will also be accepted.

The selection committee will evaluate the nominees based on the following mandatory criteria. Please complete the form accordingly.

Excellence in people skills (all 4 criteria) :

Dedication to leadership, learning, professional development and cultural competency (all 6 criteria):

Mandatory documents for a complete nomination package submission

  • Nominee's current resume
  • Completed and signed nomination form by the nominator as well as signed by the nominee (handwritten or digital signature are accepted.)

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, community member or leadership, client.

Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. Please include the nominee's 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:

Contact: sac.fnihbrecognition-dgspnireconnaissance.isc@canada.ca

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