The Tom Longboat National Awards 2018

Program Overview

The Tom Longboat Awards were established in 1951 to recognize Aboriginal athletes for their outstanding contributions to sport in Canada. With a few exceptions, the Awards have been given out every year since its inauguration. It remains the longest standing and one of the most prestigious awards for the Aboriginal athletes in the country.

As a program of the Aboriginal Sport Circle, the Tom Longboat Awards provide a forum for the
acknowledging the growth and strength of the Aboriginal sport movement in Canada and its
tremendous impact on the sport development from community level participation to elite level
competition. The Awards include a male and female category.

For the 2018 program year, all nomination packages will be forwarded directly to the Aboriginal Sport Circle, where a National Selection Working Group will determine the national recipients for the male and female category. The two national recipients will be presented their Awards at the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 18, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.


The Aboriginal Sport Circle is committed to developing sport that fosters the development of the whole individual. In addition to their athlete achievements, recipients will have demonstrated a personal commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and fair play, as well as to being a positive role model. They will also have demonstrated a commitment towards living a balanced lifestyle – one that develops their physical, mental, cultural and spiritual capacities.


The Awards honour the accomplishments of an athlete within a given program year (September 1st to August 31st). Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible as nominees:

  • Applicants must be of Aboriginal descent (inclusive of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis).

  • Applicants must be active within the year of nomination.
  • Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship, fair play and ethics in sport.
  • Applicants must complete a nomination package and submit it to the Aboriginal Sport

Circle on or before the application deadline of September 7th at 11:59 E.S.T. (Ottawa).

Nominations must include supporting narrative documenting how the nominee displays the
following qualities:

1. Shows a personal commitment to his/her athletic development

  • Identify general training regiment that nominee has maintained and cite improvements from training

2. Demonstrates a positive image as it relates to his/her role as an Aboriginal

  • Provide examples or testimonials of how the nominee’s conduct reflects the principles of fair play and sportsmanship as it specifically relates to the sport, officials, and the opposition.
  • Provide three written testimonials from coaches, parents, and community as to the nominee’s positive image within the community.

3. Demonstrates a commitment to a holistic lifestyle by maintaining a balanced physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual outlook

  • Provide up to three testimonials from coaches, parents, and community.

4. Personal achievements

  • List any athletic awards or levels of achievement that the nominee has received (proof of achievements are requested)