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Rio Tinto renews commitment to Indspire partnership and key initiatives
November 23, 2023.
Indspire is pleased to announce the renewal of a key partnership with Rio Tinto which will provide support to Indigenous students and educators in a wide variety of channels across multiple venues.
Indspire announces new board member
October 17, 2023.
Indspire is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member of its Board of Directors: Jean La Rose, President & CEO of Dadan Sivunivut. He brings a wealth of experience in media and communications to Indspire along with a storied career in Indigenous media and business.
Indspire announces new VP of Communications & Marketing and new Director of Programs & Student Success
August 1, 2023.
Indspire today announced the promotion of Brandon Meawasige to Vice President, Communications and Marketing and Julie Wildgoose to Director, Programs and Student Success.
Registration Opens for Indspire’s 2023 National Gathering for Indigenous Education
July 13, 2023.
Indspire is pleased to announce that registration is now open for one of the biggest events of National Indigenous Education Month in November: the National Gathering for Indigenous Education. The 2023 National Gathering will take place from November 15-17, 2023, in Montreal, Quebec. It’s open to all K-12 educators who want to share best practices and innovation in Indigenous education.
Indspire Follow-Up Statement re: Amira and Nadya Gill
July 6, 2023.
Indspire is committed to supporting Indigenous students and providing them with opportunities to pursue their educational goals. In doing so, we recognize the importance of adhering to both our funding policies and our founding principles, ensuring that those students who receive our support are truly deserving of it. We are committed to respecting, upholding, and propagating Indigenous values.
Indspire announces 2023 Indspire Awards recipients and 30th Anniversary celebration
May 10, 2023.
Today, Indspire announced the recipients of the 2023 Indspire Awards. Twelve outstanding Indigenous achievers from a diverse list of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities will be honoured during a celebratory gala entitled Honouring Indigenous Excellence on Thursday, May 11, 2023 in Edmonton, AB. Their accomplishments will also be celebrated during a special broadcast on Sunday, June 18th at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on APTN, APTN lumi, CBC TV and CBC Gem, and heard on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen at 8 p.m. (9 AT, 9:30 NT).
Indspire Statement re: Nadya and Amira Gill
April 14, 2023.
Indspire is aware of allegations regarding two individuals who have falsely claimed Inuit identity and, in doing so, obtained funding for their post-secondary education from our organization.
30th Anniversary of Indspire Awards celebrates three decades of Indigenous achievement
March 9, 2023.
Indspire is pleased to announce that the much-anticipated 2023 Indspire Awards will have an even broader scope for celebration this year. This year’s event will not only honour twelve exceptional Indigenous achievers, but will also commemorate 30 years of Indigenous excellence, welcoming past Indspire Laureates to a generation-spanning event along with the 2023 Awards recipients.
Indspire announces the recipients of the 2022 Guiding the Journey Educator Awards
December 20, 2022.
Indspire is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Guiding the Journey: Educator Awards, which were presented at the 2022 National Gathering for Indigenous Education on November 23-25, 2022, in Winnipeg, MB. The Gathering is the largest national event of its kind, where educators and partners annually come together to share their voices and work to improve the educational outcomes of K-12 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.
Indspire and CAMH announce partnership to support Indigenous youth with culturally responsive mental health resources and events
July 22, 2022.
Indspire is thrilled to announce a new and exciting partnership with The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to develop culturally relevant educational resources and events for Indigenous learners. The collaboration will connect Indspire’s extensive network of Indigenous youth with Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) and Shkaabe Makwa, two initiatives run through CAMH.
Indspire’s A Feast in the Forest Showcases Indigenous Talent to Support Indigenous Students
June 17, 2022.
Sold-out A Feast in the Forest fundraising event hosted by Indspire delights attendees with an evening of enlightening moments and incredible entertainment featuring some of Canada’s premier Indigenous performers, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jeremy Dutcher, and Cris Derksen.
SOLD OUT: A Feast in the Forest – An unforgettable night of Indigenous artists and cultures
June 9, 2022.
A Feast in the Forest, a sold-out fundraising event hosted by Indspire, is an evening of enlightening moments and incredible entertainment featuring some of Canada’s premier Indigenous performers, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jeremy Dutcher, and Cris Derksen. The setting is Toronto’s beautiful Don Valley at the sustainable Evergreen Brick Works where guests will experience a four-course meal created by Chef David Wolfman.
Indspire Announces Recipients, Broadcast Date and Watch Party Contest for 2022 Indspire Awards
May 13, 2022.
Last night in Ottawa, the 2022 Indspire Awards recipients were announced during a special in-person celebration of Indigenous achievement. After two years of reduced contact with friends and community, the Awards brought together Indigenous professionals and youth in a variety of fields, including: the arts; business and commerce, culture, heritage and spirituality; education; health; law and justice; public service; sports; and lifetime achievement. Three Youth Awards winners are also being honoured for their accomplishments, serving as role models to other First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth in their communities and across Canada.
Indspire welcomes funding renewal in Federal Budget 2022
April 8, 2022.
Indspire is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has committed to continued support for Indigenous learners through a renewal of funding to Indspire. Indspire recognizes the significant impact the pandemic has had on Indigenous students across Canada and welcomes the Government’s increased commitment to growing Indigenous access to education in post-pandemic Canada.
Indspire prepares to honour Indigenous achievement with in-person 2022 Indspire Awards ceremony
April 7, 2022.
Indspire is pleased to announce the much-anticipated return of the in-person Indspire Awards in 2022. This year’s event will not only be a place to honour exceptional Indigenous achievers, but will also act as an unofficial opening for an in-person celebration of community resilience after two years of reduced contact with friends and loved ones.
Indspire’s 10th Soaring represents a decade of Indigenous youth empowerment
March 18, 2022.
Today, Indspire is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering. This year’s Soaring marks the tenth anniversary of a uniquely meaningful and powerful gathering for high school-aged Indigenous youth from across the country. It allows them to come together with their teachers and educators to think about their future and explore exciting options for post-secondary education and careers.
Green Shield Canada and Indspire launch partnership to increase access to post-secondary education
March 17, 2022.
Green Shield Canada (GSC) and Indspire are embarking on a transformational $300,000 partnership that will help Indigenous students pursue education and careers in health-related disciplines.
Indspire Announces New Endowment Funding for Indigenous Post-Secondary Students
March 3, 2022.
Indspire is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship with the Cree Nation Government: The Chief Billy Diamond Scholarship, which will provide additional support for Indigenous post-secondary students.
Board Chair Announcement
December 14, 2021.
Indspire is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Donald Worme as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Mr. Worme’s appointment as Chair follows seven years as a board member with Indspire and many years as a significant contributor. Mr. Worme will be Chairing a diverse and dynamic group of leaders with extensive knowledge and experience in philanthropy, public service, and Indigenous education.
Tourmaline Provides New Funding Infusion for Key Indspire Programs
August 9, 2021.
Indspire is pleased to announce a new partnership with Tourmaline which will provide support to Indigenous students across multiple educational levels. This new funding commitment of $300,000 has two components: one which will support Indigenous high school students and one which will enable Indigenous post-secondary students to fund their education.
Indspire Announces New Bursary Program for Indigenous Post-Secondary Students
August 3, 2021.
Indspire is pleased to announce the creation of a new opportunity with the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO): two bursaries which will provide additional support for Indigenous post-secondary students.
A Statement from Indspire
May 31, 2021.
Indspire is saddened to hear about the tragic discovery of 215 children buried at the site of the former Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory in Kamloops, British Columbia. Our organization offers its deepest condolences to the families and communities of these children and all who have been impacted by residential schools: those who lost their lives, survivors, their families, and our youth.
Indspire announces 2021 recipients, new format and Jennifer Podemski as executive producer for 2021 Indspire Awards
May 20, 2021.
Today, Indspire announced the recipients of the 2021 Indspire Awards and introduced Jennifer Podemski as the new executive producer, heralding a new format for the broadcast of this year’s show. Twelve outstanding Indigenous achievers from a diverse list of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities will be honoured during a special broadcast on Tuesday, June 22 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on APTN, APTN lumi, CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One and CBC Listen.
Indspire’s Former President and CEO Roberta Jamieson Uses $50,000 Lynn Factor Stand Up For Kids National Award to Create Bursary
January 25, 2021.
Indspire is pleased to announce that former President and CEO Roberta Jamieson has generously given her 2020 Lynn Factor Stand Up For Kids Award from the Children’s Aid Foundation to Indspire, creating a bursary which will enable First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students to achieve their highest potential through education.
Indspire announces new Vice President of Programs & Student Success
January 8, 2021.
With the advent of 2021, Indspire is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Vice President of Programs & Student Success. Rebecca Chartrand (B.Ed., M.Ed.) is Anishinaabe, Inninew, and Métis, from Pine Creek First Nation on Treaty 4 Territory. Rebecca comes to us from her role as Division Principal and Anti-Racism Lead at the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg, MB, where she was instrumental in developing Indigenous educational policy and strategy that has made Seven Oaks a leader of Indigenous education in MB.
Western partners with Indspire, creates Indigenous bursaries
December 1, 2020.
Western has established additional support for Indigenous students through a partnership with Indspire, an Indigenous-led national charity that invests in the education of Indigenous Peoples of Canada.The Western University Indigenous Student Bursaries will be distributed annually and are available to students who demonstrate financial need.
Arthur Erickson Foundation, Wosk Foundation and Indspire Announce Award for Indigenous Students Studying Architecture and Landscape Architecture
November 26, 2020.
As part of its belief in and commitment to supporting emerging architecture practitioners, today the Arthur Erickson Foundation and the Wosk Foundation announced a $110,000 donation to Indspire – Canada’s national, award-winning Indigenous registered charity – in support of Indigenous youth in Canada. Arthur Erickson and Wosk’s donation will focus on increasing Indigenous student success by growing the number of Indigenous architects and landscape architects in Canada.
Indspire Sees the Results of Fruitful Collaboration with Rogers Sports & Media
November 24, 2020.
Indspire is excited to announce the initial results of a new collaboration with Rogers Sports & Media, who are working with Indspire through their All IN plan. Created by Rogers Sports & Media in 2020, All IN is an action-focused program which includes giving a minimum of $10 million in free advertising and creative services over the next five years to charities and small businesses that support equity-seeking communities.
Rideau Hall Foundation partners with Indspire’s Teach for Tomorrow: Indigenous Educator Apprenticeship Program
November 23, 2020.
The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) and Indspire are pleased to announce a three-year collaboration on the Teach for Tomorrow: Indigenous Educator Apprenticeship Program to increase Indigenous student success by growing the number of Indigenous teachers in classrooms across Canada. In February 2019, the Teach for Tomorrow program officially began with 27 students participating from six Winnipeg high schools. The program provides a seamless approach for students to transition through high school into university by providing college level courses to become certified as Education Assistants with eventual access to the Bachelor of Education and Arts degrees at the University of Winnipeg.
Indspire Named Top 10 Canadian Impact Charity by Charity Intelligence
November 20, 2020.
Indspire is pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year (2017 – 2020), it has been named a Top Ten Canadian Impact Charity by Charity Intelligence. Indspire was also chosen as a Top Ten Impact: Canadian Youth Charity for having one of the greatest positive impacts on youth.
Indspire Celebrates National Indigenous Education Month
November 10, 2020.
November is National Indigenous Education Month, and Indspire invites you to celebrate with us as we recognize the advancements and tackle the challenges in Indigenous education in Canada. With the help of our partners, Indspire provides financial awards, connects students with Indigenous mentors, supports educators, and honours outstanding Indigenous individuals who serve as role models to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth across Canada.
Indspire announces the recipients of the 2020 Guiding the Journey Educator Awards
November 5, 2020.
Indspire is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Guiding the Journey: Educator Awards, which will be presented at the 2020 National Gathering for Indigenous Education on November 26-27, 2020. Taking place virtually this year due to COVID-19, the Gathering is the largest national event of its kind, where educators and partners come together to share their voices and work together to improve the educational outcomes of K-12 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada and Indspire Announce Exciting New Partnership
October 23, 2020.
Indspire, in association with Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada (BBBSC), is pleased to announce the establishment of a very special partnership rooted in the power of mentorship. Indspire’s Rivers to Success (R2S) mentorship program is teaming up with BBBSC to bring innovative new mentoring supports to young people and their mentors across the country through a virtual event series. Sponsored by TD, The Barry + Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust, and the Slaight Family Foundation, the R2S program features a ground-breaking blend of free online Indigenous mentorship and cultural resources for Indigenous high school and post-secondary students. Its three streams – High School, Post-Secondary, and Career Transition – are designed to support Indigenous students at different phases of their education.
Indspire Announces the Appointment of Three New Board Members
October 8, 2020.
Indspire is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Madeleine Redfern, Itoah Scott-Enns and Elizabeth Zarpa. All three appointees bring diverse and extensive Indigenous experience in the areas of transformative technologies, philanthropy, public service, Indigenous government and law to the board.
Indspire Announces Launch of Nurturing Capacity Synthesis Report, Guidebook and Instructional Video
September 24, 2020.
Indspire announced the launch of its Nurturing Capacity Synthesis Report which looks back at the lifespan of the program, from its inception in 2013 to its conclusion in 2019. Through Nurturing Capacity, Indspire matched an Indigenous researcher or evaluator with community-led education projects that ranged from alternative education initiatives, extracurricular programs, and administrative-level program shifts.
Ground-breaking New Collaboration Between CCAB and Indspire Reveals New Insights About Indigenous Employment in Canada
September 22 2020.
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Indspire have launched a joint report exploring how Indigenous post-secondary experiences are associated with entrepreneurship, working for Indigenous employers, and overall labour market outcomes. This report, supported by the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, marks the second step in leveraging CCAB and Indspire’s collective data to better understand post-graduation socio-economic outcomes for Indigenous youth and their communities in Canada, forging a strong, collaborative research partnership that has begun to reveal key insights about these outcomes.
Mike DeGagné to become new CEO of Indspire
September 17, 2020.
The Chair of Indspire’s Board of Directors announced today that Mike DeGagné, the President and Vice Chancellor of Yukon University, will be the new President and CEO of Canada’s largest Indigenous-led and Indigenous-focused charity.
Roberta Jamieson receives The Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award
September 10, 2020.
Indspire is delighted to announce that its President and CEO, Roberta Jamieson, is the recipient of the 2020 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award. The award is part of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids movement which aims to mobilize Canadians who want to help change the future for the country’s most at-risk children and youth.
Indspire announces the creation of the Indspire Research Knowledge Nest Advisory Committee
July 28, 2020.
Indspire is excited to announce the creation of the Indspire Research Knowledge Nest’s new Advisory Committee. These four key stakeholders are professionals whose unique expertise will provide the Research Nest with insightful, pertinent, valuable guidance to fulfil its vital mandate; to improve Indigenous educational attainment, labour market outcomes and community prosperity through ground-breaking Indigenous research.
Indspire releases report on looming gap in Indigenous education funding
June 30, 2020.
Indspire today released Building Brighter Futures Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards Program Recipients’ Outcome Report, a report on groundbreaking research conducted by Indspire’s Research Knowledge Nest. Thereport discovered an imminent problem in Indigenous education in Canada: while more and more Indigenous students are attending or want to attend post-secondary institutions, the funding is not there to adequately support them.
Indspire Provides Record Funding For First Nations,Inuit and Métis Students Across Canada
June 23, 2020.
Indspire announced today that it has awarded an unprecedented $17.8 million in scholarships, bursaries and awards to more than 5,100 First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students during the current school year. “Indspire is thrilled to be helping so many Indigenous students realize their dreams of having a post-secondary education,” says Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Inspire. “With an average graduation rate of 90%, Indspire funded students are building brighter futures for themselves and Indigenous people across Canada.”
2020 Indspire Awards to be broadcast nationwide on APTN and CBC on Sunday June 21, 2020 at 8pm EST.
June 15, 2020.
The Indspire Awards bestow the highest honour on Indigenous people who have made significant contributions to Indigenous education culture, business, health, law, sports and public service in Canada as well as three youth awards to First Nations, Inuit and Métis role models. An award is also given to honour one individual’s significant lifetime achievements. The 2020 Indspire Awards will broadcast nationwide on Sunday, June 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, the CBC Listen app and APTN.
Roberta Jamieson to say farewell to Indspire
March 26, 2020.
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.
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.
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 4, 2020.
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.
Bowen Group to donate $1 for every Canada’s Worforce Choice Award Nomination to Indspire
April 16, 2019.
On October 1st, BOWEN Group will celebrate the best workplaces at Canada’s Workforce Choice Awards, an event honouring organizations across every industry who set the new standard for the future of work. For the first time, awards will be chosen by all members of the evolving workforce, from contractors to employees, part-timers to full-timers, interns to seasonal workers, and temps to freelancers.
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.
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February 8, 2019
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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.