About us

Indigenous Partnerships

We're committed to building great partnerships within our communities

At ATCO, we strive to build and maintain sincere, mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities based on respect, trust, understanding and transparency.

We provide longstanding support to Indigenous organizations and initiatives that contribute to sustainable economic and social development of Indigenous communities near our operations. We believe our investment in the education and opportunities of young Indigenous leaders is the key to the future. ATCO believes in supporting the dreams and goals of our youth as we ultimately benefit from their leadership and energy in the future.

ATCO also invests in a multitude of events and initiatives that preserve and honour the many unique Indigenous cultures.

Indigenous Education Awards

Our Indigenous Education Awards Program supports First Nation, Inuit and Métis students across Canada by providing financial assistance to help them in their quest for higher education. These awards, bursaries and scholarships are given to students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities.

There are three different awards available:

  • Merit Awards ($500) – for students completing Grades 10 – 12, including upgrading;
  • Bursaries ($1,000) – for students enrolled in trade, diploma or certificate programs;
  • Scholarships ($1,500) – for students enrolled in degree or graduate programs.

There is a maximum of one award per applicant per year. Students must re-apply each year if they wish to be considered.



You can apply for one of our Indigenous Education Awards if you:

  • Are a Canadian Indigenous person;
  • Are enrolled full-time in high school (including upgrading) or an accredited post-secondary institution or training program;
  • Are not the child of an ATCO employee.


Download the 2019 program poster


How to apply

Submit the following required documentation:

  • One reference letter from a teacher, community leader or employer;
  • Short essay (500 – 1,000 words) describing why you are a suitable candidate;
  • Proof of enrolment for the upcoming school semester (can include acceptance letter, class schedule or receipt of paid fees);
  • Transcript from the most recent school attended (unofficial transcript is acceptable).


The application deadline for the 2019 ATCO Indigenous Education Awards is July 15, 2019.

Please note: Due to the large volume of scholarship applications, we are unable to accept telephone or email inquiries regarding the status of your application. We thank everyone for applying; however only those being considered for an award will be contacted.

Ready to apply?

The application deadline for the 2019 ATCO Indigenous Education Awards is July 15, 2019. Fill out an online application today.