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Indspire Awards:
Celebrating Indigenous Achievement

June 22, 2021 | Broadcast on APTN and CBC

The Indspire Awards represents the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people. After 28 years, the Indspire Awards have honoured 384 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement. The show is a nationally broadcast celebration of culture showcasing the diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada including performances by Canada’s biggest names in Indigenous entertainment.

With Jennifer Podemski as the new Executive Producer, this year’s Indspire Awards broadcast has taken on a new format and will allow viewers to get to know each of the recipients like never before!

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, CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One and CBC Listen.

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Register your Watch Party for a chance to win!

Thanks to our generous supporter Air Canada, we will be giving away a trip for two (2) anywhere in the world that Air Canada flies! All you have to do is register your Indspire Awards Watch Party and tune into the broadcast on June 22.

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Meet the 2021 Indspire Award Recipients

Lesley Hampton

Youth Recipient

Mitchell MacDougall

Youth Recipient

Justin Langan

Youth Recipient

Drew Hayden Taylor


Rosa Walker

Business & Commerce

Emily Angulalik

Culture, Heritage & Spirituality

Lorne Gladu


Catherine Cook


Val Napoleon

Law & Justice

Nahanni Fontaine

Public Service

Dallas Soonias


Qapik Attagutsiak

Lifetime Achievement

To read more about the Indspire Award recipients, please visit our Laureates page for full biographies.

Watch the 2020 Indspire Awards

The 2020 Indspire Awards honours ten (10) First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals who exemplify Indigenous excellence and whose stories inspire, uplift, and educate Canadians about the tremendous contributions Indigenous people make to our country. The 2020 Indspire Awards was filmed in Ottawa, Ontario at the National Arts Centre.

Following an investigation into allegations of personal and professional conduct that are a significant departure from generally accepted standards of public behaviour, Indspire has revoked its 2020 Indspire Award for the Arts given to Cowboy Smithx.

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