The Lesley Hampton Scholarship, in partnership with the Ontario Mining Association
To be awarded in 2021 - Applications are now open until June 1, 2021
Lesley Hampton is Anishinaabe Mohawk, a member of Temagami First Nation, with ties to Akwesasne. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, model, creative director, and founder of her self-titled fashion brand which focuses on mental health awareness, body positivity, and authentic representation.
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. The Ontario Mining Association: 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.