This prize was established in memory of the late Harvey Bell, Q.C. It provides one or more awards up to $1,000 (at the discretion of the committee) to be paid each year, to one or more students of Aboriginal Canadian ancestry receiving his or her LL.B degree in Canada. Mr. Bell practiced law in the City of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, for many years. During his lifetime he took a keen interest in Aboriginal people and their communities. In a variety of ways, he sought to assist them.
The students receiving the awards are to be selected by a committee of not more than five members made of representatives from the Indigenous Bar Association, Bell representatives and a representative of the University of Saskatchewan Native Law Centre.
The criteria, which the committee is to apply in arriving at its decision is as follows:
- The probable contribution which the individual student might be expected to make, as a lawyer, in establishing the rights of the Aboriginal people in Canada and towards the solution of problems faced by Aboriginal persons and their communities within the Canadian legal system.
- The student’s academic record in his or her law studies.
- In the event that the committee, in considering the above criteria, is unable to reach a decision in judging between two or more eligible students then the committee may give preference to a student who is a Saskatchewan resident.
Students interested in applying for the prize should apply in writing to:
Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan
160 Law Building, 15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A6
Students should enclose a resume of their career and education. Letters of application should give information concerning the student’s academic record (transcripts are required) and should also comment on those matters listed in point (a) above. Letters of application should be sent by July 31.
(Winner(s) will be posted on the Native Law Centre website and law deans will be advised).