The Indspire Youth Laureate Cross Canada Tour is coming to Vancouver
Simon Fraser University
October 19th, 2017
“Our vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement.”
– Roberta Jamieson, President, and CEO, Indspire
On October 19th, 2017, Indspire invites you to Simon Fraser University 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 Vancouver on October 19th. Registration is free, but you must register to reserve your seat.
Meet the Vancouver Laureates
Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant, 2011 Indspire Award recipient
Mohawk, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario
Teyotsihstokwáthe is a member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan. She is an artist, entrepreneur and established international speaker and consultant on issues impacting Indigenous communities. She was born and raised on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
Upon graduating high school with honours, she went on to complete Mohawk language studies at Onkwawénna Kentyóhkwa and Tsí Tyónnheht Onkwawénna Mohawk immersion schools. She graduated with high honours and was the first to ever obtain a degree in Indigenous Environmental Studies from Trent Universityand a Master’s in Indigenous Community Planning from the University of British Columbia.
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.