The National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation (NIEEF) is a charitable organization of Cando providing scholarships, training and research funding to students involved in Aboriginal community economic development. The NIEEF Aboriginal Scholarships 2012 will be awarded to three successful applicants at Cando’s upcoming Annual National Conference & AGM

2012-2013 NIEEF Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s NIEEF Scholarship recipients! We wish them all the best in their future endeavours!

Angel Ward 2012Angel Ward

Gesgapegiag First Nation & Metepenagiag First Nations
New Brunswick Bachelor of Business Administration Program
Mikmaq Maliseet Institute, University of New Brunswick

Angel Ward will be receiving her Cando TAED (Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer) Level Certification as she is a recent graduate of the First Nation Business Administration Certificate from the Mikmaq Maliseet Institute, University of New Brunswick. Angel is continuing her studies at the University of New Brunswick and expects to graduate in October 2013 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with honours in accounting and concentration in finance. Angel is a proud Mikmaq from Gesgapegiag and Metepenagiag First Nations. She is a young mother to a smart and talented four year old daughter who enjoys fancy shawl dress dancing at summer pow wows, as Angel is a traditional jingle dress dancer herself. Angel understands the importance of hard work, dedication and positive encouragement for the advancement of First Nation people, but also sees importance in staying connected to her roots and traditional worldviews of the Mikmaq people.

Deborah Pine 2012Deborah Pine

Garden River First Nation, Ontario
Bachelor of Community Economic and Social Development Program, Algoma University

Deborah Pine is a member of Garden River First Nation located in Ontario. Deborah is the youngest of five children. She was raised by parents who instilled values of hard work, respect for land, people, language and culture. She is currently enrolled in the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) 4-year honours Program at Algoma University. Deborah graduated from Bay Mills Community College with Nishnaabemowin Language Instructors Diploma in 2000. She returned to post-secondary studies after a ten-year absence. Deborah says it was a struggle to start over and pursue the CESD Degree; however, she persevered because she knew that she wanted to be a positive force with her community. She has worked hard the last two years to become a skilled CESD practitioner, yet she would like to further her education. Deborah is looking forward to getting her Master’s, possibly in Community Economic Development.

Randy NatomoganRandy Natomogan

Lac La Ronge First Nation, Saskatchewan
Business Diploma: Economic Development Specialization
Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Randy Natomogan was born and raised by a single parent in the community of Pinehouse Lake, Saskatchewan. This community only had a school that went to Grade 9, and he had to subsequently move to La Ronge to finish his Grade 12 studies. After graduation he worked and learned that there were higher learning opportunities after high school. Randy’s path to higher learning continues and he enjoys the atmosphere at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, where he is entering his second year of the Business Administration, economic development specialization. His future goal is to finish the program and be ready to operate his own business. Randy also has a Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and majored in economics from the University of Saskatchewan.

Learn more about NIEEF Scholarships. Read about our 2011 NIEEF Scholarship winners.