NIEEF Scholarship






The National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation (NIEEF) is a charitable organization of Cando providing scholarships, training and research funding to students involved in Aboriginal community economic development.  The NIEEF Aboriginal Scholarship will be awarded to three successful applicants at Cando’s upcoming Annual National Conference & AGM.

2013 NIEEF Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to this year's NIEEF Scholarship recipients!  We wish them all the best in their future endeavours!

Crystal White PhotoCrystal White
Enoch Cree Nation, AB
Business Management, Grant MacEwan University – Edmonton, AB

Crystal is in her first year of the Business Management Diploma program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Crystal plans on pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She has been a straight A student since returning to school to get her GED and now her Diploma. Numerous life experiences such as growing up in poverty, being a high-risk youth and the hardships of being a single mom on reserve, lead Crystal to believe that future generations would benefit greatly from the opportunities and resources that economic development can provide. Crystal is the mother of two boys and a step daughter with her fiancé of 8 years, Jordan. When not too busy with her family and studies, Crystal enjoys reading, singing, volunteering and occasionally donating to various charities located at bingo halls in Edmonton.


Vanessa Tait PhotoVanessa Tait
O-pipon-na-piwin Cree Nation, MB
Masters in Development Practice – Indigenous Development, University of Winnipeg

Vanessa’s Spirit name is Stands with the Wolf Woman. Vanessa is a Cree woman from O-pipon-na-piwin Cree Nation, also known as South Indian Lake, Manitoba. She was born and raised in Northern Manitoba and is very proud of her roots as a Cree woman. Vanessa has been accepted into the Masters in Development Practice – Indigenous Development Program through the University of Winnipeg with a fall 2013 start date. She has completed her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree, majoring in Aboriginal Business Studies at the University of Manitoba in October 2012. Also, she participated and graduated from the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership (IWCL) program in August 2011 from the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS. Vanessa has actively engaged in Community Development and has embraced Community Economic Development to be an area of interest and continuing to learn and be involved is integral to her future goals. Throughout her community involvement and volunteering on a National level and grassroots level, Vanessa believes acquiring her Masters in Development Practice will provide her a wide range of skills that will allow her to move forward with achieving her goals. Vanessa is driven to embrace her learning and to transfer this knowledge by sharing and working collaboratively with our people.


Robyn Mantla photoRobyn Julia Mantla
Whati First Nation, NT
Bachelor of Management - First Nations Governance
University of Lethbridge

Robyn’s educational journey towards Business Management began when she graduated from St. Patrick’s Catholic High School in Yellowknife, NT in 2006. In 2008 Robyn was accepted into an Academic Upgrading program at the Aurora College in Yellowknife, NT and in April 2011 Robyn graduated from Lethbridge College with a Business Administration-Management Diploma. She transferred from the Lethbridge College to the University of Lethbridge through a two and two transfer agreement; and in the fall of 2012 Robyn had been accepted into the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management-First Nation’ Governance Program at the University of Lethbridge. Robyn will be returning to the university in the fall of 2013 to complete her fourth year courses. Robyn is looking forward to this year as she will be taking more Native American Studies and Management courses. She has chosen this program for many reasons. First of all, Robyn is becoming incredibly passionate and interested in both business management and Native American studies. Being able to find a program that integrates both into one program made it a simple decision to make. Second, through this program Robyn has gained a wider perspective and more knowledge about issues that affect First Nations people in this day and age. Lastly, Robyn is always willing to learn about the history, new ideas, concepts, theories, and everything that comes with it. She is willing to take on new challenges and learning new things about the world we live in especially from incredible educators.

Learn more about NIEEF Scholarships.  Read about our 2012 NIEEF Scholarship recipients.