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What is the Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering?

Indspire invites high school educators and their First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students to attend Indspire’s Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering. At Soaring, students may explore post-secondary options through campus tours, engage in career workshops and an interactive tradeshow with industry professionals, and learn about Indspire’s bursaries and scholarships.

When is the Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering?

Date: Thursday March 5, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Westin Ottawa

What is Campus/Experience Day?

Campus Day includes a campus tour, workshops and a complimentary lunch and prize giveaways.

When are the Campus/Experience Days?

Date: Friday March 6, 2020.
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: University of Ottawa, NAV Canada, Bank of Canada Museum, and Canada Science and Technology Museum.

What are the Indspire Awards?

The Indspire Awards were established in 1993 in conjunction with the United Nations’ International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, and after 26 years, we have honoured 362 outstanding First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals. These positive role models demonstrate to Indigenous youth that they can achieve their dreams too. On March 6, 2020, 2018, join us in Ottawa to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Indspire Awards!

When are the Indspire Awards?

Date: Friday March 6, 2020.
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

Who can attend Soaring?

Indigenous high school students in grades 9-12 and their parents and chaperones.

Is there a charge to attend Soaring?

The gathering is free of charge for all participants. However, there is limited space, so please register early.

When is the Registration deadline?

The registration deadline is January 10, 2020.

Where do I send my registration forms and release forms?

Please use the online form below to complete the registration process. Or fax or email your completed registration request form to 416-926-7554 or Once your application is approved, a participant release form for each student will be emailed to the lead chaperone.

Important to note that we will only accept registrations after the deadline date if space is available. All accommodation requests must be received before January 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

When will my registration be confirmed?

You will be emailed a confirmation of registration by January 15, 2020.

What is the chaperone-student ratio?

It is recommended that one chaperone accompany every 10-15 students. We recommend that one adult chaperone (18 years of age or older) accompany and take full responsibility for the youth in his or her care.

Does Indspire cover travel/parking?

Indspire will not cover parking or travel costs for groups to attend the event.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch is provided free of charge for all participants, including chaperones. Please email any special dietary requirements or allergies to

How can I notify Indspire for Cancellations/Changes?

If a registered student or chaperone is no longer able to attend, the school may provide substitutes, but Indspire must be notified in writing. If your group must cancel your registration, please notify Indspire in writing immediately so that we can make that space available to another group.  Email or fax 416-926-7554.