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Soaring: Indigenous
Youth Empowerment Gathering

May 5 & 6, 2021 | Online 

Soaring, Indspire’s annual Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering, is THE place for Indigenous high school students to learn about career and post-secondary education options by participating in career workshops. They’ll also learn more about financial support and meet Canada’s top employers.

Building on the resounding success of Soaring 2020, which was attended by over 600 Indigenous students and their chaperones, Indspire is planning another ground-breaking opportunity for Indigenous high school students and their teachers – this time, delivered completely online!

Hosted by the wonderful Stan Wesley, it will feature all of the innovative workshops and tradeshow booths that Soaring is known for, showcasing the many post-secondary and career opportunities available to students. And, just like the in-person version, Soaring 2021 will highlight many talented and notable Indigenous speakers and performers.

Check out the photos from Soaring 2020 on our Facebook page.

Register Your Students Now!

2021 Talent

Hosted by Stan Wesley, this year’s Soaring Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering will have some incredible and inspiring talent, including:

Ashley Callingbull

Shina Novalinga

Kendal Netmaker

For a full list of who to expect at this year’s Soaring, visit our 2021 Talent page.


Day 1

1:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
1:20 p.m. Live Career Panel – Healthcare with Dr. Kona Williams, Nolan Chem and Vayda Kaviok
1:45 p.m. Spotlight Sessions & Virtual Tradeshow
3:00 p.m. Student Polls with Stan Wesley
3:15 p.m. Closing Performace by Logan Staats
3:20 p.m. Day 1 ends

Day 2

1:00 p.m. Day Two Welcome with Stan Wesley
1:07 p.m. Performance by Shina Nova
1:17 p.m. Live Career Panel – Entreprenuership with Ashley Callingbull, Kendall Netmaker, and Shina Nova
1:40 p.m. Spotlight Sessions & Virtual Tradeshow
3:10 p.m. Student Polls and Closing Remarks with Stan Wesley
3:20 p.m. Day 2 ends

Sponsorship Opportunities

To learn more about how you can become a part of Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering such as sponsor opportunities, tradeshow booths or workshops, please see our Sponsorship page for more information.

Thank you to our supporters

Lead Partner

Participating Sponsor

Indigenous Youth Sponsor

Exclusive Laptop Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

Bag Sponsor

T-Shirt Sponsor

Champions of Soaring

Champions of Rivers to Success

Allan and Gill Gray Foundation

Inspiration Sponsor

Indspiration Zone Sponsors

University/College Sponsor

Exhibitor Sponsors

Aecon Group Inc.
Alberta University of the Arts
Bank of Canada
Canada Border Services Agency – Non-Uniformed Positions
Canada Border Services Agency – Uniformed Positions
Canadian Nurses Foundation
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation
Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada
Concordia University
Confederation College
CWB Welding Foundation
EACOM Timber Corporation
Elections Canada
First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI)
Government of Canada
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Indigenous Institutes Consortium (IIC)
Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
KPMG Canada
Let’s Talk Science
OCAD University
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Penguin Random House Canada
Pratt & Whitney Canada
Queen’s University
Red River College
Ricoh Canada
Right To Play
Sault College
University of Ottawa
University of Regina
Wells Fargo
York University