Roberta Jamieson is featured in a new book created in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. 150 stories, told by 150 Ontarians, in 150 words or less. The book, aptly titled “150 Stories” is a project from Ontario’s Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, designed to put a uniquely provincial spin on the nation’s sesquicentennial.


“I treasure growing up among my people at the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and vividly recall living without running water, including the long walk to the outhouse on a snowy day; memories of skating on the Mackenzie Creek and picking strawberries in June.

I had what some described as an ‘attitude problem.’ I simply could not accept those who tried to tell me, ‘You don’t count. You can’t make a difference.’ I couldn’t understand why our people should accept all those outside people coming to our territory to tell us how to live or to make decisions for us.

I saw raw colonialism and I knew from an early age that I was going to do something to change it. I have worked my entire life to build a Canada in which Indigenous people can once again find their rightful place. There is more work to be done.”

Source: Amanda Grant, CBC News

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Listen to Roberta reading her story on Metro Morning News



2017 Indspire Awards Tickets on sale NOW
March 24, 2017
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON


The Indspire Awards recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. The 2017 Indspire Awards will be held on March 24, 2017 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Buffy This year’s Indspire Awards ceremony features a performance by special guest, Buffy Sainte-Marie

She’s a Cree singer-songwriter and winner of countless awards including an Academy Award, JUNO Awards, a Golden Globe and of course, the 2015 Polaris Music Prize for her bold new album, Power in the Blood.


For 5-10% off your travel to the Indspire Awards, use Air Canada promo code CE9BJFV1

Meet Maatalii Okalik, the 2017 Indspire Award recipient in the Youth-Inuit category.

At just 27 years old, this Inuk from Nunavut is a political advocate and has even been called the voice of the next generation.

As current President of the National Inuit Youth Council, Okalik promotes Inuit languages, cultures, suicide prevention, education, empowerment and reconciliation.




Read more about Maatalii Okalik and the other outstanding 2017 Indspire Awards recipients here.

A new 2017 Indspire Awards Laureates Q&A video will be posted this week, and every week until SHOWTIME on March 24th in Ottawa.

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Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour
Tournée canadienne des lauréats des prix jeunesse d’Indspire

We kick off the Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour in Ottawa on March 23rd, 2017 with Indigenous high school students from across the country, and of course, our Host Moderator, Suzette Amaya.

Meet the remarkable Indspire Youth Laureates  who will be sharing their stories in seven cities from Yellowknife to Montreal.

Click here to see when we will be heading to your city.

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2017 National Gathering for Indigenous Education 
November 30 – December 1, 2017
Montreal, QC

REGISTER NOW and pay the reduced Early Bird rate of $529!

The National Gathering for Indigenous Education is a place where educators and partners can share their experiences and work together to improve the educational outcomes of K- 12 Indigenous students. Join us in Montreal for networking opportunities, workshops geared toward your needs as an educator of Indigenous students, and share successful practices and research.

For 5-10% off your travel to the National Gathering, use Air Canada promo code CFC74381.

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Cody Coyote to Perform at Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference
March 23, 2017
Ottawa, ON

Indspire and 1000 Indigenous high school students will be in Ottawa this March for an energetic, exciting, and inspiring conference, featuring a performance by Cody Coyote.

At just 24 years old, Cody Coyote is an Ojibwe Hip-Hop/Experimental artist, public speaker and songwriter who grew up in this year’s host city, Ottawa. He was nominated for Best Rap/Hip Hop CD and Single of the Year at the 2015 indigenous Music Awards. At Soaring, students will have the opportunity to attend 50 career and post-secondary workshops to help steer them in the direction of their dreams, while inspiring them to achieve their full potential.

For 5-10% off your travel to Soaring, use Air Canada promo code B4QTZWVI

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2017 Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards
November 30, 2017
Montreal, QC
Nomination deadline: April 14, 2017

Call for Nominations
Indigenous educators guide their students’ journeys through leadership, innovative practice and dedication to community. Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards recognize Indigenous educators who have made valuable contributions to community-based education and who honour the principles of Indigenous knowledge. Award recipients will receive a framed award, a $1,000 prize and an all-expense paid trip to the awards ceremony in Montreal, QC. Recipients must accept and attend the event in order to receive the award.

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Indspire to receive $2.5M from The Slaight Family Foundation in support of Indigenous education across Canada  —  Toronto (March 7, 2016) – In one of the largest charitable donations ever in Canada aimed at Indigenous communities, The Slaight Family Foundation will donate more than $12 million to 15 not-for-profit organizations. Funding will be used to create unique initiatives that build capacity and leadership within Indigenous communities to strengthen the physical, mental, cultural and social well-being of the First Nation, Métis and Inuit across Canada.

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Webinar for K-12 Educators
Incorporating Maker Education into your classroom with an Indigenous Worldview
March 2, 2017 6pm ET
In this session, we will explore the current trends in “Maker Education”. The Maker Education Initiative’s (Maker Ed) mission is to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making. We will also explore how to use local Indigenous knowledge in order to deliver relevant and authentic programming in the classroom. Our presenters Leona Prince and Noelle Pepin will share details about the 2016-2017 school-based initiative in “Maker Education” at Nusdeh Yoh (House of the Future) and how it has transformed the students and teaching practice as a whole.

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Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards
Application Deadline: June 1, 2017

Legal Studies for Native People
Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

Last year, Indspire disbursed over $12.2 million through 3,792 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students – we can help you too! Submit your application by June 1, 2017.

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Nurturing Capacity: Building Community Success
University of Manitoba Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program
The University of Manitoba Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at Canadian universities by offering scholarships to Indigenous grade 11 students to support a week of hands-on education at a Canadian university where they can interact with scientists and graduate students in their research laboratories. During their week on campus students have the opportunity to meet Indigenous role models, other high school students from across Canada, explore hands-on research in university labs, live in residence, complete fieldwork, learn about the support systems available to them on campus, and experience the excitement of living and doing research in a university environment.

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Featured Successful Practices: Showcasing Strategies that Work
Coach/Mentor Model: British Columbia School District 59

The Relationship Based Learning Coach/Mentor model has been implemented to engage with the student, parent and teacher to develop goals and support achievement throughout the year. Relationship Based Learning consists of: Caring for the student and his/her learning, high expectations, rejecting deficit theorizing, pedagogical content knowledge and power sharing.

Outcomes of this Successful Practice include steadily improving graduation rates and last year, School District 59 had its highest ever graduation rate for Indigenous students!

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Rivers to Success: Mentoring Indigenous Youth

Do you know an Indigenous Youth who would benefit from mentorship? Rivers to Success is a national mentorship program that supports the academic and career success of Indigenous students. This year Rivers has a new high school stream of mentorship. Matching Indigenous post-secondary students with Indigenous high school students to increase graduation rates and to assist in transitioning to further education. Rivers career stream of mentorship pairs Indigenous post-secondary students with professionals in relevant career fields. The mentoring relationship is driven by the mentee’s developmental goals and the mentor’s knowledge and experience. Mentorship links positive role models to our students to answer questions, build self-esteem and increase opportunities.

Sign up to become a mentor or to get a mentor

Questions? please contact us at or 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747)x271



Help Close the Gap in Indigenous Education Now!
Your donation will help thousands of Indigenous youth reach their full potential through education.
Donate to Indspire, Canada’s national, Indigenous-led registered charity.
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The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize wants you to identify the challenges that Ontario will face and the opportunities that will emerge over the next 50 years—and then share your plan of action for the province.

Be heard. Submit your idea to the #VisionariesPrize and you could win $2,500 to make it a reality.
Soyez entendu. Soumettez votre idée au #PrixVisionnaire pour pouvoir gagner 2 500$ qui aideront à la réaliser.

On February 12 Munn’s United Church celebrated Valentine’s Day by hosting a High Tea fundraiser in support of Indspire. 

Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources to close the gap in indigenous education. In 2015-2016, Indspire awarded 3,792 bursaries and scholarships.