This award is named in honour of Senator Gerry St. Germain and his wife Margaret.

Born in a tiny Métis community called Grantown in 1937, Senator Gerry St. Germain’s political career began in the 1980s at the time he was president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. From there, he was elected to a seat in the Canadian House of Commons. In June of 1993 he was appointed to the Canadian Senate and in June 2000, Senator St. Germain became the only Canadian Alliance Senator. He led the negotiations to unite the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party; the two parties later merged in 2003 and became known as the Conservative Party of Canada. Senator St. Germain was the first self-identified Métis Citizen to be appointed to the Canadian Cabinet. His pride in his Métis roots began to emerge with his political career. He has since released a book I am a Metis: The Story of Gerry St. Germain. His commitment to the Métis community is a pinnacle of the life that he and his wife, Margaret, share together.


Through a donation received by Gerry St. Germain and matched funds by the Manitoba Metis Federation, the Louis Riel Institute is proud to offer the Senator Gerry & Margaret St. Germain Bursary. This bursary is named for the respected past Senator, the Honourable Gerry St. Germain and is for grade 12 Manitoba Métis students who excel in Math and/or Science.

Application Criteria

  • Métis Citizen
  • Grade 12 student who excel in Math and/or Science
  • Grade 12 student who are actively involved in the community
  • Grade 12 student who attends school in Manitoba

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Application Requirements

Completed Application - Is every section filled out? Does it say N/A where it doesn’t apply to you instead of leaving it blank?

Métis Proof - Are all the pieces of your paperwork included? (see below for requirements)

Transcript or statement of marks from most recent year - This can be an official statement, or a print out from secondary institution.

Two letters of recommendation

  • One from a member of the Métis Community
    This needs to be someone who is Métis and can talk about you as a Métis student. We want to know what you are doing to strengthen our Métis Nation.
  • One from Academic Community (or employment if out of school for more than one year)
    This needs to be someone who is involved with you academically (teacher, adviser, etc.). They need to be able to say what kind of a student you are, how you approach your school demands, etc.
  • Essay (500 words)
    What program are you in and why?
    What are your future plans, how will they be accomplished and why?
    What do you do in the community and/or extra-curricular and why?

Application Deadline

June 7, 2019

Application can be mailed, delivered, emailed or faxed to:
Louis Riel Institute
103-150 Henry Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0J7
Ph.: 204-984-9480
Fax: 204-984-9484