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Wednesday January 26, 2022.

Indspiring Change @ Home featuring Brooke Pepion Swaney

Indspire continues to offer our thought-provoking Indspiring Change @ Home virtual event series, where we speak with innovative Indigenous community leaders about their vitally important work. In January 2022, we teamed up with imagineNative for an exclusive two-part event: a virtual screening of the film Daughter of a Lost Bird and a discussion between Mike DeGagné, President and CEO of Indspire, and the film’s director, Brooke Pepion Swaney!

Wednesday December 8, 2021.

Indspiring Change @ Home featuring Waub Rice

This instalment of Indspiring Change @ Home features a conversation between Mike DeGagné, President and CEO of Indspire, and award-winning writer Waubgeshig Rice. They will be discussing some of Waub’s most recent work, including his national bestseller, Moon of the Crusted Snow, and talking about the power of storytelling and the road ahead for Indigenous people in Canada.

Tuesday September 28, 2021.

Indspiring Change @ Home featuring Thomas King

The latest instalment of this series featured a conversation between Mike DeGagné, President and CEO of Indspire, and award-winning author, Thomas King.

Wednesday June 30, 2021.

Following the Path Webinar

Following the Path is a ground-breaking new report from Indspire’s Research Knowledge Nest that looks at how Indigenous post-secondary students are doing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as how they’re experiencing reconciliation on campus. Over 3,000 students responded!

Thursday February 18, 2021.

Indspiring Change @ Home featuring Shelagh Rogers

The latest installment of this series featured a conversation between Mike DeGagné, President and CEO of Indspire, and award-winning journalist, Chancellor of the University of Victoria and an Honorary Witness to the TRC’s hearings, Shelagh Rogers.

Tuesday October 20, 2020.

Indspiring Change @ Home featuring Tanya Talaga

In this latest instalment of the Indspiring Change @ Home series, Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, has a conversation with award-winning Anishinaabe journalist Tanya Talaga about her work and reconciliation through education. Talaga is not only the award-winning, bestselling author of All Our Relations and Seven Fallen Feathers, she’s also the first-ever woman of Ojibwe descent to be named a CBC Massey Lecturer. (And she’ll also be the keynote speaker at our National Gathering for Indigenous Education in November!) 

Wednesday October 7, 2020.

Building the Circle: A Joint CCAB/Indspire Investigation

Building the Circle is a panel discussion examining some of the key findings from our joint report: Insights into Indigenous Post-Secondary Graduates’ Experiences in the Canadian Workforce, which looks at how Indigenous students begin their careers after graduation!

You can read the report on our website at

The panel discussion features:

  • Tabatha Bull, President & CEO of CCAB
  • Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO of Indspire
  • Melissa Hardy-Giles, Owner of ORIGIN
  • Dominique Bomberry, Communication Associate, Corporate and Public Affairs, TD Bank Group

Saturday September 26, 2020.

A Talk with Kent Monkman

Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire and Jennifer Kramer, Curator, Pacific Northwest, Museum of Anthropology at UBC, chat with Kent Monkman about his powerful exhibition Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience.

Internationally renowned Cree artist Kent Monkman is the 2014 Indspire Award recipient for Art. Monkman’s paintings are critical depictions of colonialism and its devastating effects on the Indigenous peoples of Canada. This circulating exhibition is produced by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, and has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

If you’d like to learn more about the Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience Exhibition—now on view at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC (Vancouver) until January 3, 2021— please visit

Tuesday June 30, 2020.

Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards Recipients’ Outcomes Webinar

This webinar launched Indspire’s first Research Nest Report: Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards Program Recipients’ Outcomes.

This event was hosted by Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire and Kristen Everett, Indspire’s Vice President of Programs and Student Success, who discussed the key findings of the report.

The webinar also features a discussion between Rob Gillezeau, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Victoria, a member of Indspire’s Research Nest Advisory Committee and a mentor to Joshua Thomas, a Research Assistant with Indspire’s Research Nest and a contributor to Building Brighter Futures Bursaries, Scholarships and Award Recipients Outcome Report.

Thursday June 11, 2020.

Indspiring Change @ Home: A virtual conversation with our community

Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, in conversation with Jesse Thistle, assistant professor in the Department of Equity Studies at York University and author of the best-selling memoir, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My WayThis live chat will explore Jesse’s journey: discovering his Metis heritage, looking at the role models who have influenced him, and talking about the impact that education has had on his life.