Neekaneewak (“they are leading”) Leadership Initiative (NLI)



The Neekaneewak Leadership Initiative is an Elder based leadership program that enhances cultural awareness and develop leadership skills in student participants through traditional and current ‘ways of knowing.’

All programs, events, and training opportunities offered through the ta-tawâw Student Centre are intentionally designed to support student leadership development.

Nominations for the RBC Neekaneewak Leadership Initiative Awards are made on the basis of Neekaneewak Leadership Development Outcomes:

Personal Development Outcomes

Academic Development Outcomes

Professional Development Outcomes

Cultural Development Outcomes

RBC $2,500 Leadership Award: Within each of the four categories of the RBC NLI Awards, student nominees will be short-listed to be eligible for the $2,500 RBC award. To be eligible, each nominee will be asked to submit a 500-word (max) reflection on their leadership development, or the impact the NLI program has had on them, and their pursuit of future endeavours. One recipient in each category will then be selected from the nominees to be highlighted and receive an award of $2,500 at this year’s awards ceremony. Short-listed nominees will be contacted by the selection committee following the nomination deadline.

Leadership Team: Neekaneewak is led by a Leadership Team composed of Elders, successful alumni, senior students and student support partners providing culturally relevant programming, mentoring, supports and leadership development opportunities to Indigenous students at the University of Regina.

***Please read through the NLI development outcomes and depending on the award, nominate an Indigenous Student. 


Established in 2017, the Neekaneewak Leadership Awards provide an opportunity for our University community and larger community to:

  • Acknowledge and celebrate Indigenous students who are developing and practicing skills and knowledge as leaders that benefit our community.

  • Recognize those who support & contribute to student leadership experiences, development, and to their overall success.
Click here to learn more about the partnership between RBC and the ta-tawâw Student Centre!


* Please note, the deadline to submit the nomination is February 1, 2023.