Wed, May 2, 2018

Achievement & Recognition Awards 2018

Save the Date! The 14th Annual Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement & Recognition Awards will take place Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Thunder Bay.

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Wed, Nov 22, 2017

2018 Sponsorship & Nomination

2018 Sponsorship & Nomination Forms are now available online. Recognize a person for their achievements to build self-esteem and to build role models so others can see that their goals are attainable. Or become a sponsor to make AYARA possible!

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Sat, Sep 23, 2017

2nd Annual Wasaya Plane Pull

Thank you to The Wasaya – United Way Plane Pull that took place on October 1st, 2017. Thirteen teams of six took turns pulling a 27000lb Dash 8 aircraft to raise money for both The United Way and The NWO Aboriginal Youth Achievement & Recognition Awards!

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We are committed to ensure that Aboriginal youth look forward to new and innovative ways of learning about and planning for their future.


Our History

The Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards was formally known as The Niigaantige Career Fair. It began in 1987 when a need was identified to address the high attrition rates among Aboriginal students studying at the secondary and post secondary levels.

With each passing year, the Awards Ceremony has gained more and more recognition while providing hope for our Aboriginal youth.

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Our Committee

The AYARA Committee is comprised of all volunteers and community members who represent organizations in Northwestern Ontario. We are committed to encourage and reward Aboriginal youth who focus on innovative ways of learning about and planning for their future.

This year’s event has grown and expanded once again. We wish to recognize those employers and individuals in Northwestern Ontario who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, inspiration and devotion to encouraging our youth.

Meet Our Committee


Our Sponsors

We are able to celebrate our youth at these awards only because of the generous sponsorship from those companies and organizations such as yours who also believe that our youth are the leaders of today and tomorrow.