Anthany Dawson Justice Award

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Award description

The Anthany Dawson Justice Award was established in the memory of KwakwaKa'wakw artist, Anthany Dawson, who died, tragically, in 1999.

Anthany James Dawson was born September 21, 1969 and, tragically, lost his life while in police custody on August 13, 1999. He was an accomplished Kwakwa Ka'wakw artist, and his passion for life was evident in his artwork. Anthany believed that everyone deserved a fair chance in life and was willing to help people in any way that he could.

This award was established in Anthany’s name to ensure that First Nations people have access to higher education, to enable them to contribute to all professional fields including justice administration, and in celebration of Anthany’s life. The Anthany Dawson Award provides financial support to Indigenous students at Camosun who are pursuing programming related to justice in such areas as



You must:

  • be currently registered as a full-time Indigenous student at Camosun College in a program related to justice. Eligible programs include Community, Family & Child Studies; Community Mental Health; Community Support & Education Assistant; Criminal Justice; Indigenous Family Support; Indigenous Studies; relevant Associate of Arts or Science Degrees; or University Transfer.
  • have Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, or Native American) ancestry
  • be a Canadian citizen
  • have a GPA of 2.0 or equivalent
  • submit a self-written one-page letter that includes:
    • personal background
    • family origin
    • career and academic profile and goals
    • the name and contact information for an Elder or Indigenous community leader for a verbal reference
  • complete the application form

You will be asked to attend an awards ceremony. Financial need is not a factor in selection.

Application process

Selection process

By application. 



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The Anthany Dawson Justice Award was established in the memory of Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw artist, Anthany Dawson, who died, tragically, in 1999.