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Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Awards

Three organizations are working together to relaunch dozens of scholarships honouring the late Helen Betty Osborne.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will lead the project, with support from The Winnipeg Foundation. The partnership will re-activate the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Awards for Indigenous students.

Representatives from NCTR and the ICC will lead the scholarship awards selection committee. The Winnipeg Foundation manages hundreds of scholarship funds – each with unique criteria.

The process will be launched later this year, when the application portal opens on Nov. 13, 2021, which marks the 50th anniversary of Helen Betty Osborne’s tragic death. Thirty, $2,500 awards will be allocated from the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund to Indigenous students. Details of award requirements and how to apply will be available on the website.

Helen Betty Osborne, originally from Norway House Indian Reserve was going to pursue post-secondary education to one day become a teacher.  She spent two years at Guy Hill Residential School, just outside The Pas, Manitoba. Helen was 19 years old when she was brutally murdered in northern Manitoba in 1971, it took 16 years for anyone to be charged with her murder.

The scholarship fund was established to honour her memory and provide financial support to Indigenous students. 

The Application process will open November 13, 2021

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