The OFNTSC in partnership with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) annually supports four Student Achievement Awards. Two Awards are provided by CMHC and two by the OFNTSC. Through partnerships with the public/private sector corporations, OFNTSC aims to strengthen the relationships that provide needed financial support for First Nation students pursuing post-secondary education. The Annual Awards are comprised of a bursary for $1000.00 plus recognition by the OFNTSC at a provincial level for excellence.

The OFNTSC acknowledges the importance of having First Nations people achieving successful careers in Science and Technology and applying their expertise to working with our communities. Thus each year the OFNTSC takes the opportunity to honour the accomplishments of First Nations students who have persevered in attaining a high level of education in the field of Science and Technology.

We invite you to nominate a student from your community who is currently enrolled in the field of Science and Technology by mailing or faxing the application to the address provided below. From the nominations received, two students’ from northern Ontario and southern Ontario meeting the outlined criteria will be selected. Only those persons who are selected will be contacted.

Application mailing address

Colin French, Communications Officer, OFNTSC, 111 Peter St. , Suite 606,  Toronto, ON M5V 2H1 By email at or by fax at 416 651 1673. Applications for this years Awards will be made available shortly.

Derrick Kamanga Memorial Award

This award recognizes a First Nation student that is works towards a career in the field of Engineering. This award honours the memory of Derrick Kamanga, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., P.Eng. Derrick’s dedication to the field of water and wastewater engineering has made significant impacts on First Nations delivering safe drinking water to their respective communities. Derrick participated in many projects during his time with the OFNTSC such as the Circuit Rider Training Program, Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Guideline/Best Practices Guide, Risk Assessment Study of First Nation Water and Wastewater Systems, introduction of the Mulit-Barrier Approach for water treatment systems, a seat on the Advisory Council on Drinking Water Quality and Testing Standards set up by the Ontario Government in the aftermath of the Walkerton crisis and many more.

The Derrick Kamanga Memorial Award consists of a bursary of $2000.00, a plaque commemorating the student’s achievement and an invitation to attend the OFNTSC’s Annual Conference in person. Check out the OFNTSC’s youtube channel to the video commemorating Derrick’s achievements. CLICK HERE!