Donate Now Menu


Indspire > Events > Soaring

Soaring: Indigenous
Youth Empowerment Gathering

April 16 & 17, 2024 | Ottawa, ON

Soaring 2024 is back in Ottawa! Taking on a hybrid format, high school students from across the country will learn about career and post-secondary education options by participating in career workshops either in-person or virtually. They’ll also learn more about financial support and meet Canada’s top employers.

The two-day event will take place at the Shaw Centre with post-secondary campus visits and a hybrid platform which will allow students and educators to access event content in-person or from their classroom if they can’t travel to attend. Our virtual platform will house all panel discussions, performances, workshops, resources, and tradeshow content during the event.

If you have any questions, please reach out to communications@indspire.ca.

Please note we are currently at capacity for in-person attendance. If you would like to join the waitlist, please sign up on Eventbrite using the button below.


Tuesday, April 16

8 AM –
9 AM

Registration & Breakfast
Shaw Centre

9 AM –
12:30 PM

Opening Assembly & Lunch
Shaw Centre

12:30 PM –
2:30 PM
Virtual Programming
Location TBD
3 PM –
7 PM
Youth Pep Rally
Location TBD

Wednesday, April 17

8 AM –
9 AM

Registration & Breakfast
Shaw Centre

9 AM –
10:30 AM

Tradeshow & Virtual Programming
Shaw Centre

10:30 AM –
11:15 AM

Tradeshow & Presentation Session #1
Shaw Centre

11:15 AM –
12 PM

Tradeshow & Presentation Session #2
Shaw Centre

12 PM –

Lunch & Performances
Shaw Centre

1:15 PM –
2 PM

Tradeshow & Presentation Session #3
Shaw Centre

2:15 PM –
3 PM

Tradeshow & Presentation Session #4
Shaw Centre

3 PM –
4 PM

Closing Assembly
Shaw Centre

This is what students have to say about Soaring!

“The best part of the Soaring event was the Spotlight Sessions and each of the panels, on both days. These panels were very informative, and I was able to take away a lot of important information in regards to achieving my goals as a person, connecting culturally, and getting some great advice through these panels.”

“My favourite part of Soaring was being able to listen to the stories and advice of those on the panels. Being able to learn the stories and struggles of others and how they got through them is incredible and really helped me reflect on myself.”

“The best part of the Soaring event is that they help indigenous people who don’t know what they want to do when they are done high school.”

Become a Sponsor today!

Supporting Indigenous education does more than prepare youth for the workforce. It makes life better for everyone. Educated Indigenous students contribute to their communities, to business, to our country – and to the world. With support from partners like you, together we can motivate, encourage, and inspire students in their educational pursuits. View the 2023 Soaring program here.

Learn More About Sponsorship

Thank you to our 2024 supporters!

Lead Partner

Presenting Corporate Sponsor

Host City Sponsor

Participating Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Backpack Sponsor

T-Shirt Sponsor

Champions of Soaring

Indspiration Zone Sponsors



Entertainment Sponsor

Presentation Sponsors

Exhibitor Sponsors

Bird Construction
HOK Architects
Let’s Talk Science
Mattamy Homes
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Wells Fargo
Women Building Futures

Post-Secondary Sponsors

Brandon University
Canadore College, First Peoples’ Centre
Conestoga College
Carleton University
Georgian College
Humber College
Loyalist College
McGill University – Faculty of Education
McMaster University Indigenous Student Services
Mohawk College
Queen’s University
Saint Paul University
Sault College
St. Lawrence College
University of British Columbia
University of New Brunswick
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo

The Indspire Soaring Travel Fund made possible by:

The Brian Bronfman Family Foundation
Peter Gilgan Foundation
The Rattee Family
Saga Wisdom/LNG Canada
Tachane Foundation