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Cross Canada Youth Tour stops in CALGARY

Wednesday October 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Indspire Youth Laureate Cross Canada Tour is coming to Calgary 

University of Calgary
October 18th, 2017
“Our vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement.”
– Roberta Jamieson, President, and CEO, Indspire
On October 18th, 2017, Indspire invites you to the University of Calgary to hear from three outstanding young First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth who will share their stories of how they overcame adversity and achieved their dreams. The panel will discuss issues such as being the first person in the family to go to university or being the only Indigenous student in the class, and how schools can better support Indigenous students.
Join us in Calgary on October 18th, 2017. Registration is free, but you must register to reserve your seat.
Students in attendance will have a chance to win exciting prizes including an iPad Mini.

Meet the Calgary Laureates 

Thomas Dymond, 2017 Indspire Award recipient
Mi’kmaq, Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia
Thomas received both his undergraduate degree and Master of Science in Kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is currently a student at Queen’s University’s School of Medicine.
Thomas was the Youth Representative at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre, and has been involved with the Memorial University Student Union as the Aboriginal Students’ Representative, where he advocated for equitable treatment for Indigenous students on campus. He currently sits on the Indigenous Health Interest Group Executive at Queen’s University.

Gabrielle Fayant, 2015 Indspire Award recipient

Métis, Lac St. Anne Métis Settlement, Alberta
Gabrielle Fayant is the co-founder of the Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G), an Indigenous non-profit youth-led organization. Most recently she was appointed by Minister Carolyn Bennett as a youth advisor for the Indigenous Youth Voices Initiative.
Gabrielle is also the access producer, writer and host of the TV show, Noongom, meaning today in Anishinabemowin, that highlights today’s realities of Indigenous peoples. She is also the co-host and producer of the Michif Hour on CKCU FM, a radio show that talks about Métis history and contemporary issues while exploring Métis artists, past and present.

Maatalii Okalik, 2017 Indspire Award recipient
Inuk, Nunavut, Inuit Nunangat
As President of the National Inuit Youth Council, Maatalii Okalik promoted Inuit languages, cultures, suicide prevention, education, empowerment, and reconciliation. She has spoken at Canada’s Parliament addressing the Senate Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, at United Nations forums, and actively engages Inuit youth and global citizens online.
Maatalii is currently the Chief of Protocol with the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Government of Nunavut. Most recently she was appointed by Minister Carolyn Bennett as a youth advisor for the Indigenous Youth Voices Initiative.
Not in Calgary? Check out indspire.ca for the complete list of tour dates and locations.


Wednesday October 18, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


University of Calgary
DC-18, 2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Canada
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