Lieutenant Governor’s Medal Program for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation


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The Lieutenant Governor’s medal program was established in 1979 to recognize students enrolled in vocational and career programs less than two years long at public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. The medal program was created to recognize students who excel in their studies and contribute to the life of their institution or community. For nearly forty years, British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor has awarded the medal to outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through their post-secondary education.

Effective 2019, to modernize the medal while preserving its legacy of recognizing outstanding students, the award also recognizes B.C. public post-secondary students in two-year diploma programs and four-year undergraduate programs. Changes have also been made to the program criteria, which will now recognize students who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of inclusion, democracy and/or reconciliation within their campus community.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible if you have demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • Diversity and Inclusion: You are a student who has promoted diversity and inclusion. You have demonstrated strong collaboration and unifying efforts, through the promotion and display of tolerance, and respect for others.
  • Democracy: You are a student who has strengthened democracy through civic engagement or the advancement of human rights. You have demonstrated recognition for fundamental rights and dignity for all persons at a local, national or global level.
  • Reconciliation: You are a student who has answered the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s urgent call to transform society by establishing a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples.

How do I apply?

There is no application process for the award. Recipients are chosen by the institution they attend. Check with the student awards office at your institution for more information on the award nomination process. Awards are presented annually to students. Recipients receive a commemorative medal.