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Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering

April 16 & 17, 2024 | Ottawa, ON

Each year Indspire hosts an empowerment gathering for Indigenous K-12 students from across Canada. Students will learn about educational and career opportunities, be inspired to finish high school, go on to college or university, and move into exciting careers.

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.

Your support plays a vital role in showing young people what’s possible through encouraging them to pursue their dreams and by supporting a new generation of bright, eager, and motivated minds into the Canadian workforce.  They’ll have a chance to attend interactive career related workshops, meet some of Canada’s top employers, talk to role models from the Indigenous community, and see first-hand the benefits of staying in school and moving forward with their education.

Why Sponsor Soaring?

  • Education is the great equalizer, it creates role models, benefits communities and saves money. Investing in education is investing in Canada’s future.
  • Meet your CSR goals while helping communities thrive. Play your part in creating a stronger future for Indigenous students.
  • Enhance your company’s profile with Indigenous communities by standing tall as a support of this year’s Soaring!
  • Your support will help enable students to:
    • Meet event sponsors at the Indspiration Zone/Tradeshow
    • Take part in workshops
    • Learn about specific career opportunities
    • Find out about Indspire’s bursary and scholarship program
    • Go on local campus tours, and so much more.

Seeing success first-hand – and being told how to achieve it themselves – is a remarkable experience for these students, and for many, it’s the encouragement they need to finish school and pursue their dreams.


“It’s a great place to learn more about post-secondary education, and it has fun, information, video, documents and activities to help you learn”

– Student participant from Soaring 2022

“Very informative while maintaining a light and welcoming atmosphere.” ­

– Student participant from Soaring 2022

“It’s a fun event that allows you to experience some of the culture, get out of class, and sample future education and career opportunities”

Student participate from Soaring 2022

“I would tell a friend that Soaring is a very informative [event] and could help many Indigenous students with an idea on what they want to be when they are older.” ­

 Student participant form Soaring 2022

Join us as a partner in education

Join Indspire in Ottawa on April 16 & 17, 2024 and play a vital role in showing young people what’s possible through encouraging them to pursue their dreams and by supporting a new generation of bright, eager, and motivated minds into the Canadian workforce.

To request a Corporate Sponsorship Proposal or Tradeshow Registration Information, please contact Emily Quesnelle, Senior Development Officer, Partnerships at equesnelle@indspire.ca.

Other Ways to Partner

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