Tom Longboat Awards

Program Overview

The Tom Longboat Awards were established in 1951 to recognize Indigenous 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 acknowledging the growth and strength of the Indigenous sport movement in Canada and its tremendous impact on the sport development from community level participation to elite level competition. The awards include a men's and women's category.

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 men's and women's category. The two national recipients will be presented their Awards at the inaugural National Indigenous Sports Summit, hosted by the Aboriginal Sport Circle.


The two national recipients will receive the following:

  1. All expenses paid round trip with a family member to accept the national award.
  2. A custom-made Tom Longboat Award.
  3. A $1500 bursary to support personal athlete development.


The Awards honour the accomplishments of athletes within a given program year (May 31st, 2023, to May 31st, 2024). Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible as nominees:

  • Applicants must be of Indigenous 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 on or before the application deadline.
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