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Indspire’s “A Feast in the Forest” Celebrated Indigenous Culture and Education During National Indigenous History Month with Sold Out Gala Evening

June 26, 2024 – Toronto, ON – Indspire, a leading advocate for Indigenous education in Canada, hosted its ‘A Feast in the Forest’ fundraising event on Wednesday, June 12th with over 600 guests. Held at the historic Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, this year’s event was an extraordinary celebration coinciding with National Indigenous History Month, offering a unique opportunity to honor the rich histories, cultures, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Building on the incredible success of the first A Feast in the Forest in 2022, which raised over $1,000,000, this year’s event continued to support Indigenous students by funding bursaries, educational programs, and resources by raising over $1,000,000. The proceeds from this event will empower students to pursue and achieve their academic aspirations, contributing to a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

Mike DeGagné, President & CEO of Indspire, expressed heartfelt gratitude, stating, “We are thankful for the support from all attendees, sponsors, donors, and everyone involved in bringing ‘A Feast in the Forest’ 2024 to life. Your generous contributions make a profound difference in the lives of Indigenous students, enabling them to pursue their educational dreams and succeed.”

National Indigenous History Month is a time to reflect on and celebrate the profound contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canadian society. A Feast in the Forest provided an exceptional platform to support Indigenous education while celebrating the vibrant cultures and histories that enrich our collective heritage.

The evening featured a bespoke menu prepared by Chef Adrian Niman and inspired by the work of Indigenous chef and Indspire Laureate David Wolfman. The innovative meal offered guests a taste of diverse Indigenous culinary traditions, celebrating the depth and richness of Indigenous cultures.

Andy Pringle, Principal and Chairperson at RPIA highlighted the importance of this event, stating, “Supporting Canada’s future means investing in the education and success of Indigenous students. RPIA is proud to be part of this meaningful event and to contribute to the empowerment and bright future of Indigenous youth across the country.”

Entertainment was provided by celebrated Indigenous artists, including Aysanabee, Alex Kusturok, Fawn Big Canoe, and Red Sky Performance, whose performances highlighted their artistry and dedication to showcasing Indigenous culture and heritage. Additionally, Chyana Marie Sage, an Indspire bursary recipient and first-time author, shared her inspiring story, underscoring the impact of Indspire’s support on her educational journey.

Chyana Marie Sage shared “It was such an honor and full circle moment to be able to share my story for Indspire. There is no other organization who I would have wanted to debut my journey to, and all that I have had to overcome in the pursuit of making my dreams come true. Speaking in front of so many community members and allies made the delivery so much easier on me, and the support I felt through each step of the way was so encouraging. I hope my story can help other students to recognize that so much is possible when you never give up on yourself, but also, when you allow community to help you along the way.”

The Indspire team is incredibly thankful for the support from all attendees, sponsors, donors and everyone involved to bring A Feast in the Forest 2024 to life. For high-resolution photo selects from the evening, please visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ar84lxEm7ysEwTVhRzhQ5OqnhPXwioBM?usp=sharing

To continue to support the community in June, please visit: https://indspire.ca/?form=FUNXGGWESLR

Indspire gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors and partners:

  • Presenting Sponsor – RPIA
  • Indigenous Youth Sponsor – Barry & Laurie Green Family Trust
  • Cocktail Reception Sponsor – Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel
  • Culinary Sponsor – Russel Metals
  • Student Speaker Sponsor – RBC’s Future Launch
  • Entertainment Sponsor – The Slaight Family Foundation
  • Silent Auction Sponsor – Cassels
  • Valet Parking Sponsor – Toyota
  • Official Airline Partner – Air Canada
  • Guest Gift Sponsor – Lambton College
  • Premiere Table Sponsors: Dr. Amira Dan and Dr. Michael Dan, and the Power Corporation of Canada

For more information and interview requests with the artists, Chef David Wolfman, Indspire representatives, and event sponsors, including RPIA, Barry and Laurie Green Family Trust, Toyota Canada Foundation, Air Canada, Deloitte, RBC, and Mazda Canada, please contact:

Vincent Vella
Communications Coordinator
(647) 451-8213 

About Indspire

Indspire is a national Indigenous charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families, communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources to help Indigenous students achieve their highest potential. In 2022-23, Indspire provided more than $27.5 million through 7,500 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students across Canada. For more information, visit indspire.ca and follow on social: