Programs

Programs, awards and funds. 

Commissioner of Yukon awards

Bravery Award

This award is for an individual that:

  • has performed an outstanding act of bravery; and
  • has responded with great effort, at considerable personal risk in hazardous circumstances to save or safeguard, or attempt to save or safeguard, the life of one or more persons.

This award can only be received once.

Nominate someone for the Bravery Award:

  1. The nominee must meet the award criteria above.
  2. Write your nomination letter. The letter must:
    1. Be in writing
    2. Be from a Yukoner
    3. Have two signatures
    4. Describe in detail the reason for the nomination
  3. Complete the nomination form.
  4. Attach 2-3 letters of support. These letters should describe the impact of the nominee's actions. An impact statement from the person who received the service is strongly recommended. The best letters of support come directly from people affected by what the nominee has done.
  5. You cannot nominate yourself, your spouse or a member of your immediate family.
  6. Submit your nomination:
  • Commissioner's Advisory Committee
  • 412 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2B7
  • Email: nominations@gov.yk.ca
  • Fax: 867-393-6201
  • Phone: 667-5121 or 1-800-661-0408
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  • All nominations will be acknowledged and held in confidence.
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  • To avoid disappointment and to respect the privacy of the people consulted, the Commissioner's Office keeps nominations confidential, and we ask that the nominators and others involved do the same.

Deadline: Nominations are received all year long with the closing of the spring campaign March 30 and the closing of the fall campaign November 2.

Recipients will receive:

  • a pin; and
  • a certificate.

Selection process:

  • The Awards Committee will determine the award recipient.
  • The Committee includes urban and rural people from across Yukon.

Contact

For questions about nominating someone for the Bravery Award contact the Office of the Commissioner of Yukon at nominations@gov.yk.ca or 867-667-5121.

Daisy Mason Wellness Fund

This fund is for an individual or group that:

  • is a Yukon First Nation citizen;
  • promotes wellness; and
  • demonstrates initiatives in helping First Nations people in their community through well-being, healing and personal development training and activities.

The fund is open to all ages from youth to elder. 

Nominate someone for the Daisy Mason Wellness Fund

  1. The nominee must meet the award criteria above.
  2. Download and fill out the application form
  3. Submit your nomination:
  • In person: Daisy Mason Wellness Fund Advisory Committee
  • 412 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2B7
  • Email: nominations@gov.yk.ca

Deadline: March 31, 2021

The Daisy Mason Wellness Fund will be awarded on June 21, 2021 during the National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Recipients will receive:

  • a minimum of $500

The money can be used to help pay for:

  • attending a wellness, health or personal growth workshop;
  • leading a wellness, health or personal growth workshop; or
  • covering costs associated with attending or leading a workshop such as childcare, transportation, accommodation, language revitalization, etc.

Selection process:

  • The Daisy Mason Wellness Fund Advisory Committee will determine the award recipient.

Contact

For questions about nominating someone for the Daisy Mason Wellness Fund contact the Office of the Commissioner of Yukon at nominations@gov.yk.ca or 867-667-5121.

 

Order of Yukon

This award is for an individual that:

  • has demonstrated high achievement and made an outstanding contribution to society in Yukon;
  • is a living, Canadian citizen that has been or still is a long-time Yukoner; and
  • is not currently a Member of Parliament, MLA, First Nations Chief, Councilor, Mayor or judge.

Nominate someone for the Order of Yukon

  1. Download and fill out the application form. 
  2. Download and fill out the nominator checklist
  3. Submit your application and checklist:
    Email: oynominations@gov.yk.ca
    Mail: Office of the Commissioner of Yukon
    412 Main St
    Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B7 

Deadline: You can submit nominations at any time. Nominations are reviewed once a year.

Recipients will receive:

  • the highest honour in the territory, equivalent to similar honours across the country; 
  • a medal; and
  • a certificate.

Selection process:

  • The Advisory Council will determine the award recipient.
  • The members of the Advisory Council are set out in the Order of Yukon Act
  • Members of the Advisory Council:
    • The Chief Justice (Chair)
    • The Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly
    • The President of Yukon College
    • The Cabinet Secretary
    • one recommended by the Council of Yukon First Nations
    • two members from the community, chosen by the Commissioner as Chancellor of the Order.
  • The Advisory Council draws on people from significant social institutions in Yukon and from members of the public and First Nations community

To avoid disappointment and to respect the privacy of the people consulted, the Commissioner's Office keeps nominations confidential, and we ask that the nominators and others involved do the same.

Contact

For questions about nominating someone for the Order of Yukon contact the Secretary of the Order at the Office of the Commissioner of Yukon at oynominations@gov.yk.ca or 867-667-5121.

 

Outstanding Youth Achievement Award

Learn more about the Outstanding Youth Achievement Award.

Public Volunteer Service Award

This award is for an individual that:

  • has made a significant volunteer contribution to Yukon business, academics, arts, culture or society outside of their regular employment.

This award can only be received once.

Nominate someone for the Public Volunteer Service Award:

  1. The nominee must meet the award criteria above.
  2. Write your nomination letter. The letter must:
    1. be in writing;
    2. be from a Yukoner;
    3. have two signatures; and
    4. describe in detail the reason for the nomination.
  3. Complete the nomination form.
  4. Attach 2-3 letters of support. These letters should describe the impact of the nominee's actions. An impact statement from the person who received the service is strongly recommended. The best letters of support come directly from people affected by what the nominee has done.
  5. You cannot nominate yourself, your spouse or a member of your immediate family.
  6. Submit your nomination:
  • Commissioner's Advisory Committee
  • 412 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2B7
  • Email: nominations@gov.yk.ca
  • Fax: 867-393-6201
  • Phone: 667-5121 or 1-800-661-0408
  •  
  • All nominations will be acknowledged and held in confidence.
  •  
  • To avoid disappointment and to respect the privacy of the people consulted, the Commissioner's Office keeps nominations confidential, and we ask that the nominators and others involved do the same.

Deadline: Nominations are received all year long with the closing of the spring campaign March 30 and the closing of the fall campaign November 2.

Recipients will receive:

  • a pin; and
  • a certificate.

Selection process:

  • The Awards Committee will determine the award recipient.
  • The Committee includes urban and rural people from across Yukon.

Contact

For questions about nominating someone for the Public Volunteer Service Award contact the Office of the Commissioner of Yukon at nominations@gov.yk.ca or 867-667-5121.

Story Laureate of Yukon

The Story Laureate of Yukon serves as an ambassador for the literary arts, oral history and literacy in the context of Yukon’s past, present and future. As an ambassador, the Story Laureate of Yukon is invited to attend Yukon events to publicly share works. The Story Laureate creates work and focuses on cultural, historical, and heritage themes that are relevant to the people who live in Yukon.

Apply to be the Story Laureate of Yukon

  1. Download and fill out the application form. 
  2. Submit your application:
    Email: nominations@gov.yk.ca with the subject line Story Laureate of Yukon – yourfirstname_lastname
    Mail: Story Laureate of Yukon
    Office of the Commissioner of Yukon
    412 Main St
    Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B7

Deadline: August 21, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

Role and responsibilities

The Story Laureate of Yukon will:

  • serve as an ambassador for Yukon literary arts, oral history, and literacy;
  • produce 4 original works for specific occasions or with specific themes as identified by the Commissioner each year;
  • create written or oral artistic work that reflects Yukon places, sites, identity, and/or the life of the territory; and
  • appear and present original works at 2 public events as supported or identified by the Office of the Commissioner.

The Story Laureate of Yukon will receive:

  • the laureate title to champion Yukon literacy and the written and spoken word with their word-art;
  • a stipend of $5,000 per year for a two-year term; and
  • annual travel* expenses of up to $3,000 to support travel to:
    • Yukon communities to support public presentations as identified by the Commissioner; and
    • attend one national literary festival per year.

*Subject to recommendations of the federal and Yukon Chief Medical Officers during COVID-19

Selection process

Applications are assessed on:

  • experience or body of work in literary arts or spoken word/storytelling;
  • presence, presentation, performance in the video;
  • written application;
  • interview; and
  • references.

 
Length of term

The term will run for 2 years from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

Contact

For questions about the Story Laureate position or process, contact
Kerri Scholz at kerri.scholz@gov.yk.ca or 867-667-5121.

Contact

To contact the Commissioner’s office phone 867-667-5121, email commissioner@gov.yk.ca or visit 412 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 4V4.

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