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Roberta Jamieson to say farewell to Indspire

March 26, 2020Ohsweken, ON
After more than 15 years of national leadership in Indigenous education, Roberta Jamieson will step aside in February 2021 as the President and CEO of Indspire, Canada’s largest Indigenous-led charity and one of the top ten charities in Canada. “I am proud of the tremendous growth and development at Indspire” says Jamieson. “There’s been an eightfold increase in bursaries and scholarships – $115 million now goes to more than 37,500 First Nation, Inuit and Métis students. With our ongoing mentoring programs, this ensures that 90% of our students graduate. We also train educators, so they can provide an education that validates and celebrates the Indigenous identities of our students.”

Indspire announces the creation of the Indspire Research Knowledge Nest

February 26, 2020 – Ohsweken, ON
Indspire announces the creation of its innovative Indigenous research centre: the Indspire Research Knowledge Nest. The Research Nest is the first of its kind in Canada. Its mission is two-fold: to improve Indigenous educational attainment, labour market outcomes and community prosperity through ground-breaking Indigenous research; and to hire, train, and support the next generation of Indigenous researchers. Through the Research Nest, Indigenous post-secondary students and recent grads will receive hands-on training to leverage Indspire’s data holdings to answer pressing education and labour market questions currently facing First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) communities.  

2020 Indspire Awards announce show hosts and talent performances

February 13, 2020 – Ohsweken, ON
Today, Indspire announced the 2020 Indspire Awards hosts and talent performances.  Celebrating its 27th year, the 2020 Indspire Awards will continue to bestow the highest honour on Indigenous people who have made significant contributions to Indigenous education, art, culture, business, health, law, sports and public service in Canada. The 2020 Indspire Awards ceremony, taking place on Friday, March 6, 2020 in Ottawa, is presented by Indspire, 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 and communities, and Canada.

Indspire announces the recipients of the 2020 Indspire Awards

February 04, 2020 – Ohsweken, ON
Twelve outstanding Indigenous leaders from a diverse array of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities will be honoured at the 2020 Indspire Awards ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario, on Friday, March 6, 2020. The Indspire Awards are presented by Indspire, a national Indigenous charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Following the ceremony, the 2020 Indspire Awards will broadcast Sunday, June 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC, APTN and CBC Radio One.

Indspire and imagineNATIVE announce the Roberta L. Jamieson bursary for Indigenous film studies students

October 29, 2019
Roberta L. Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, in association with imagineNATIVE, is pleased to announce the establishment of the Roberta L. Jamieson Film and Media Arts Bursary. Ms. Jamieson’s personal donation of $25,000 is being matched by the Government of Canada to establish this $50,000 bursary. A $10,000 bursary will be awarded each year for a five-year period to an Indigenous student enrolled in a Film or Media Arts program.

Indspire, Winnipeg School Division and the University of Winnipeg celebrate first cohort of Indigenous students in Teach for Tomorrow program

June 12, 2019
Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within is a partnership between Indspire, Winnipeg School Division (WSD), and the University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Education. The goal of the program is to encourage and support First Nations, Inuit and Métis students in WSD to fulfill their ambition to become teachers.

Indspire receives $9 million in additional funding over three years in 2019 federal budget

March 20, 2019
The announcement of $9 million over three years in additional funding to Indspire is a great step towards closing that gap. This investment will support First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, Canada’s fastest growing demographic group.

Indspire announces the appointment of two new board members

March 8, 2019
Today, Indspire announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Nicole Bourque-Bouchier and Maatalii Okalik. Both appointees bring diverse and extensive Indigenous experience in business and public service to the Board.

Alexisonfire donates $1 from every ticket sold to Indspire

February 15, 2019
Alexisonfire has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Indspire to build a brighter future for Indigenous students.

Red River College and Indspire Announce $1 Million in Bursaries to Advance Indigenous Achievement

February 8, 2019
Today, Red River College (RRC) and Indspire announced a commitment to double the funding for the Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards. This renewed investment will support Red River College’s continued efforts to create more pathways to education for aspiring Indigenous students. Today’s announcement builds on RRC’s commitment to advance Indigenous achievement in Manitoba.

Students — Accessing your 2018 T4A

February 8, 2019
IMPORTANT information on how to access your T4A. 2018 T4As will become available February 15, 2019. Only the 2018 T4As will be available. If you require a previous year T4A you will need to contact us at

2019 Indspire Awards announce show hosts and talent performances

February 7, 2019
The awards ceremony, which is taking place this year on February 22 in Calgary, Alberta, will be broadcast on APTN  at 9pm ET on East and HD, 9pm MT on West and 9pm CT on North and on CBC, CBC Radio and the free CBC Gem streaming service on June 23, 2019 at 8 pm (8:30 p.m. NT).

Indspire says more funding needed for Indigenous Post-Secondary Students

November 15, 2018
Indspire, Canada’s national Indigenous charity supporting Indigenous education, is releasing a ground-breaking study on challenges faced by Indigenous post-secondary students in Canada. The study examines the students’ experiences and whether governments and post-secondary institutions have implemented the Calls to Action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Hydro One and Indspire announce $800,000 for Indigenous post-secondary students

October 29, 2018
Hydro One and Indspire have announced substantial, new financial support for Indigenous students. Hydro One will provide $100,000 per year to Indigenous students through Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program from 2018 to 2022.

Expanded financial support for new and returning Indigenous students at McGill

October 15, 2018
McGill University’s Indigenous students can now rely on dedicated financial support thanks to a new partnership with Indspire, an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of Indigenous peoples. Indspire will manage the awarding process through its Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program to secure matching funds from the Government of Canada.

Indspire announces recipients of the 2019 Indspire Awards

September 25, 2018
National Recognition for Role Models from Local Communities – Indspire, the national Indigenous charity that supports and celebrates Indigenous education and achievement in Canada, today announced the 12 outstanding First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals who will be honoured with the 2019 Indspire Awards.