Roberta Jamieson – Appointed to Officer of the Order of Canada

November 17, 2016

Ohsweken, ON November 17, 2016:  His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced on June 30th, 2016, the 113 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 1 Companion (C.C.), 27 Officers (O.C.) and 85 Members (C.M.). These appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

We are proud to announce that Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, was promoted from Member to an Officer (O.C.) of the Order of Canada. Ms. Jamieson accepted her insignia at the Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony at Rideau Hall on November 17th, 2016.

 Photo Credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall, OSGG. 

 ©Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2016.


Roberta Louise Jamieson is a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she still resides. A woman of many firsts and with many awards, she was once introduced as “a vocal advocate for the preservation and enhancement of human rights, Indigenous rights specifically, as a part of realizing Canada’s potential.”

Roberta became the first First Nations woman to complete a law degree and was later appointed as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario, and then Ombudsman. Roberta was elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

Roberta is the President and CEO of Indspire, a national charity ranked one of Canada’s top 25 by Financial Post. Indspire encourages and empowers Indigenous people to realize their full potential through post-secondary education and training. Roberta has transformed this Indigenous-led charity, positioning its focus on education for Indigenous youth, and working tirelessly to attract public and private sector funding for scholarships and bursaries. This has resulted in exceptional graduation results, creating a brighter future for new generations of Indigenous youth.

“As Chair of Indspire, I congratulate Roberta on this prestigious appointment. I am proud and grateful for Roberta’s unparalleled leadership and her life-long commitment to advancing Indigenous youth through education,” said David Gabriel Tuccaro, Chair, Indspire. “Roberta is an outstanding humanitarian who has changed the lives of thousands of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.”

Roberta is also the executive producer of the annual Indspire Awards, which is broadcast nationally and recognizes exceptional talent. Representing the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers, the Indspire Awards were created in 1993, in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

Roberta has received 25 honorary degrees from many institutions and numerous awards, including the YWCA President’s Award and is but the third recipient in YWCA’s 39-year history. She has also been named three times to the Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Top 100 list and is a fellow of the prestigious Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution.

With over 30 years of experience in conflict resolution, in particular through her positions as Ontario Ombudsman and Commissioner of the Indian Commission, Roberta has gained a reputation as an outstanding communicator and mediator. Her work has been strongly influenced by her traditional Mohawk values and the Mohawk history and traditions of diplomacy. She is described by her colleagues as a highly skilled, impassioned, inspirational and engaging woman.


The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 49 years, more than 6 500 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. For more information on the Canadian Honours System, please consult the Order of Canada website at

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they will achieve their highest potential.

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