Tom Longboat National Awards 2019

National Athlete Awards for Aboriginal Excellence in Sport 

Presented in partnership by:

The Aboriginal Sport Circle           Canada's Sports Hall of Fame



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 acknowledging the growth and strength of the Aboriginal sport movement in Canada and its tremendous impact on the sport development fom community level participation to elite level competition. The Awards include a male and female category.

For the 2019 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 23, 2019 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 spritual capacities. 


The two national recipients will receive the following: 

(1) All expenses paid round trip to Toronto with a family member to accept the national award;

(2) A custom-made Tom Longboat Award ring;

(3) A $1500 bursary to support personal athlete development. 


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 on or before the application deadline of September 8th at 11:59 E.S.T. (Ottawa). 


Applicants are to complete a Nomination Form and provide a supporting narrative. The National Selection Working Group will use this information to determine the male and female recipients. In addition to PTASB nomination rankings will be considered prior to final selection. 

  • Visit this link to complete an online nomination.

  • Click here for the nomination form in PDF format.


The awards recognize athlete achievements of a given program year (September 1st to August 31st). The application deadline is September 8th at 11:59 E.S.T. (Ottawa).

The national selection will announce by September 20th, in preparation for Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 23rd in Toronto, Ontario. 



Kelsey Dayler

Aboriginal Sport Circle, Program-Event Coordinator 


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Established in 1999, ASCNWT was created through a national consensus-building process in response to the need for more accessible and equitable sport and recreation opportunities for Aboriginal peoples across the Northwest Territories.

We believe that all Aboriginal people in the NWT should have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities at a level of involvement they find meaningful and valuable.