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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 Career Conferences. 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 Career Conference?

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Calgary Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta

What is campus day?

All three choices of schools will be hosting a Campus Day that will include a campus tour, workshops and a complimentary lunch and prize giveaways.

When are the Campus Days?

Date:Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
University of Calgary – 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB
Bow Valley College – 345 6 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

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 24 years, we have honoured 337 outstanding First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals. These positive role models demonstrate to Indigenous youth that they can achieve their dreams too. In March 23, 2018, join us in Winnipeg to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Indspire Awards!

When are the Indspire Awards?

Date: Friday, Feb 22, 2019
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

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 7, 2019.

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 1.866.433.3159 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. Complimentary hotel rooms are also available, please use the form to request accommodations. All accommodation requests must be received before December 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

When will my registration be confirmed?

You will be emailed a confirmation of registration by Feb 2, 2019.

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.

Are there accommodations available for students and chaperones?

Indspire has some complimentary sponsored accommodations available for chaperone and students. If you are requesting complimentary accommodations your request must be received before December 1, 2018  at 11:59 EST.

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 to or 1.866.433.3159.