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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.

Registration for 2024 Soaring is now closed.


Tuesday, April 16

8 AM

Registration Open
Shaw Centre

9:30 AM

Opening Ceremony
Shaw Centre

10 AM Deloitte Career Panel
Shaw Centre
11 AM Speaker / Performance
Shaw Centre
12 PM Lunch
Shaw Centre
1:30 PM Pep Rally

Wednesday, April 17

8 AM 

Registration & Tradeshow Open
Shaw Centre

9 AM

Day 2 Welcome
Shaw Centre

9:15 AM

Young Indigenous Leaders Panel
Shaw Centre

10:15 AM

Workshop Session #1
Shaw Centre

11:15 AM

Workshop Session #2
Shaw Centre

12 PM

Lunch & Entertainment
Shaw Centre

1:15 PM

Workshop Session #3
Shaw Centre

2:15 PM

Workshop Session #4
Shaw Centre

3:15 PM

Closing Ceremony
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

Major Sponsor

Host City Sponsor

Participating Sponsors

Post-Secondary Hub Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors



Champions of Soaring



Backpack Sponsor

T-Shirt Sponsor

Champions of Rivers to Success


Allan and Gill Gray


Entertainment Sponsor

Indspiration Zone Sponsors




Presentation Sponsors


Presentation Partner

Virtual Presentation Sponsor

Exhibitor Sponsors

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.
Bird Construction
Canadian Coast Guard College
Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Canadian Space Agency / Agence spatiale canadienne
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
Forest Products Association of Canada / Association des produits forestiers du Canada
Green Shield Canada
HOK Architects
Indigenous Youth Roots
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
Let’s Talk Science I Parlons sciences
Mattamy Homes
Mining Matters
National Gallery of Canada
National Research Council of Canada
Nelson Education
NUVIA Canada Inc.
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Ricoh Canada
Rideau Hall Foundation
Tato Recruiting Inc. & S.i. Systems
Wells Fargo
Women Building Futures

Post-Secondary Exhibitor Sponsors

Alberta University of the Arts
Algoma University
Algonquin College
Bishop’s University
Brandon University
Cambrian College
Carleton University
Conestoga College
Confederation College
Dalhousie University
First Nations Technical Institute
First Peoples’ Centre, Canadore College
Georgian College
Humber College
Loyalist College
McGill University
McMaster University, Indigenous Student Services
Mohawk College
Mount Allison University
Northern College
Queen’s University
Saint Paul University
Sault College
St. Lawrence College
Trent University
University of British Columbia
University of New Brunswick
Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo

Soaring Travel Fund made possible by:

Arrowsmith Foundation
Baker Hughes Canada
The Brian Bronfman Family Foundation
Cornelia Schuh
Fran Odette
Green Shield Canada
Peter Gilgan Foundation
The Rattee Family
Skot Caldwell
STEMCELL Technologies
Tachane Foundation
Toyota Canada Foundation