Indspire Applauds Government of Canada Commitment to Indigenous Education

Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, applauds the Government of Canada’s announcement that it will invest $5 million per year for the next 5 years in Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program. The funds will total $40 million, which includes $3 million annually for matching contributions from the private and non-government sectors. “The Government of Canada’s increased investment in education for Indigenous people is welcome support to enable the country’s fastest growing demographic to obtain education and training so they can realize their full potential and contribute to their communities, to Canada and to the world,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire.  


2017 Indspire Awards

The 2017 Indspire Awards ceremony was a resounding success, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on March 24th. Over 1,700 attendees and 500 students celebrated thirteen outstanding Indigenous people who have made their mark in their communities and Canada, and who inspire us and encourage us to reach our full potential. Through several standing ovations, the audience acknowledged the recipients, including the 2017 Lifetime Achievement recipient, the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair, and the grand finale, performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie as she closed the night with her song, Carry It On.

Congratulations to everyone on stage, and behind the scenes.

Nominations for the 2018 Indspire Awards will open on May 1st.

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Photos from the 2017 Indspire Awards

2017 Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference
Nearly 1,000 Indigenous high school students came together in Ottawa to attend Indspire’s Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference. At the conference, students attended workshops where they learned about educational and career opportunities from some of Canada’s major employers and post-secondary institutions. We know a highlight for many of the students was their tour of Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa.

Our Sponsors and Supporters generously provided selfie sticks, backpacks and t-shirts and the grand prize draw was for 10 laptops.



 Indspire Media Coverage

Reconciliation With Indigenous Peoples Requires Action On Education Posted: Apr 05, 2017 12:59 pm EDT

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Two Northerners to receive 2017 Indspire Awards
CBC News Posted: Mar 23, 2017
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Local Indigenous dancer performs on the national stage Posted:Mar 27, 2017 4:21 PM by: Chris Dawson Photo by: Lindsay Sarazin
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Indspire Awards – Change is on the way
Ottawa Citizen Posted: Mar 23, 2017 LYNN SAXBERG
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Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour 
The audience also heard from two Indspire Award recipients, as we launched the Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour, a seven-city tour encouraging Indigenous youth to pursue post-secondary education.

To cap off an exciting day, we surprised the students with Electric Powwow DJ sensation, A Tribe Called Red.
Thank you to everyone who made this event a success for so many Indigenous students.






Indspire Welcomes Fiona Crean, Chief Operating Officer

Trained as a teacher and mediator, Fiona has broken new ground throughout her career in her quest for equity and fairness. She is an experienced senior executive who has both overseen existing organizations (Executive Director of Ombudsman Ontario) and been responsible for establishing complex, startup operations over the past decade, including at York University, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the City of Toronto. She has worked extensively with First Nations and Inuit communities, both as a teacher and advisor.

Please join us in welcoming Fiona Crean to Indspire!