Watch Aboriginal learner success stories!

The Future Further video contest asked Aboriginal learners in Ontario to answer the question: “What made you successful at your university”? Students defined “success” any way they chose – from personal growth to obstacles overcome to academic development.


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Video Contest Winner

Stephanie Seymour from Lakehead University

Stephanie, who is from Garden River First Nation, is a graduate student in the first year of her PhD program in Forest Sciences at Lakehead University. She credits her success at university to hard work, not being afraid of adventure, loving what she does, and being part of a team. Stephanie’s video shows that even though her journey has not always been easy, it has made her stronger in the end. She also highlights the importance of being a role model, having good role models to look up to, and being involved in the school community. And, of course, she also stresses the importance of coffee during those late nights of studying.

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“What has made you successful at your university?”


The contest is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted videos!

If you’re an Aboriginal learner at any university in Ontario and have a smart phone or video camera, this contest is designed for you. Shoot a video defining “success” any way you choose – from personal growth to obstacles overcome to academic development. Or perhaps something else entirely.

Success will vary from learner to learner, so will your challenges, supports, and triumphs. We want to hear your unique story. So does an upcoming generation of Aboriginal learners who may, one day very soon, need to stand on your shoulders. We will post all submissions at

We know your stories will vary dramatically, but we hope all will be authentic, inspiring, creative, and proud!

If your video success story receives the most votes on our website, you will win a $1,000 bursary for yourself and $1,000 to support your school’s Aboriginal Student Services.

What’s the goal of the contest?

You can help us to shine a spotlight on the success of Aboriginal learners at Ontario universities. But perhaps even more importantly, your video submission might provide that extra push of confidence to inspire Aboriginal youth to mature adults to enrol in university.

How will we use your video?

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) will use the winning video, in whole or in part, primarily to promote awareness of the successes of current Aboriginal learners as well as promote university opportunities to the next generation of Aboriginal learners. Any and all rights to your video were automatically assigned to COU when you entered the contest.