Giving back to our community and building a more inclusive tomorrow are some of our main goals. Our streams of giving include monetary donations, partnership-focused support, and mentorship opportunities. This includes internships with students from George Brown College and Seneca College; donations to organizations such as We Matter, Starlight Children's Foundation Canada, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; and The Lesley Hampton Award in partnership with the Ontario Mining Association.
The Lesley Hampton Award
We’re proud to announce…
The Lesley Hampton Award in partnership with the Ontario Mining Association at the School of Fashion in the Faculty of Communications and Design at Ryerson University!
With funding from Ontario Mining Association members, this $10K Award will be awarded to an Indigenous student with ties to Ontario land and strong interest in preserving Indigenous arts and culture.
Lesley is dedicated to inspiring the next decade of Indigenous fashion talent who will decolonize euro-centric fashion stereotypes and create work that is thought-provoking, inclusive, and barrier-breaking. Respectful, mutually-beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities are crucial to the Ontario mining industry. Mining is the largest private sector employer of Indigenous peoples in Canada, accounting for about 6% of the total mining labour force, while Indigenous people make up 3% of the Canadian population. In Ontario, Indigenous employment accounts for 11.2% of total mining jobs. In creating employment and business opportunities for Indigenous communities, mining companies seek to encourage economic independence and entrepreneurship, while remaining sensitive to local cultural and social practices. The industry values Indigenous knowledge, which can inform and improve a mine’s operational and environmental policy.
The recipient of this Award will receive $2,000 per year as well as the opportunity to receive monthly mentorship with Lesley Hampton during their time at Ryerson University.
Applications Open Now!