With the province still under partial lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s education department had to create an alternative to the annual gathering that they typically hold to celebrate the scholastic successes of Nuu-chah-nulth individuals.
Ian Caplette, the NTC’s director of Education, Training and Social Advancement, informed Ha-Shilth-Sa that scholarships will still go out to kindergarten to Grade 12 Nuu-chah-nulth trainees. After trainees apply to the NTC for a scholarship, a committee made up of representatives from Nuu-chah-nulth nations evaluate the applications to choose winners.
According to Caplette, the choice committee satisfies during the very first week of July to select the K-12 scholarship winners. Recipients will be notified by phone and letters will go out to the private countries.
Post-Secondary scholarships will be dispersed based on merit.
“We will calculate their GPA (Grade Point Average) and award scholarships accordingly,” said Caplette. The higher the GPA, the better.
Scholarship awards are also based upon criteria that may be set by outdoors donors.
“For instance, we have a group of lawyers providing a scholarship so that might go to a law student; we attempt match donors with recipients,” stated Caplette.
The post-secondary scholarship decisions have been made and notifications will go out to recipients soon. They will be notified by e-mail or by phone.
There will be no big event this year like there has been in the past, with a dinner and a graduate procession. The NTC education department has been meeting regularly and will soon choose whether to arrange a parade of graduates and scholarship winners.
In the absence of a traditional supper and presentation event, the education department is gathering grad photos and photos of the scholarship winners. The plan is to make two videos celebrating the success of both groups of trainees.
In addition, Grade 12 graduates are being asked to send a form to the NTC to register.
“We will be sending gifts to graduates and we are asking for photos from each of the graduates so that we can make a video; one for graduate and one for scholarship winners,” stated Caplette.
The deadline to sign up for Grade 12 graduation and to send out images to the NTC is July 10. All pictures of graduates and scholarship winners should be sent out to the NTC by July 10.