Indspire Follow-Up Statement re: Amira and Nadya Gill
July 6, 2023 – Ohsweken, ON
Indspire is committed to supporting Indigenous students and providing them with opportunities to pursue their educational goals. In doing so, we recognize the importance of adhering to both our funding policies and our founding principles, ensuring that those students who receive our support are truly deserving of it. We are committed to respecting, upholding, and propagating Indigenous values.
When questions arose regarding the veracity of Nadya Gill’s and Amira Gill’s claims to Inuit identity, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) opened an investigation into their claims. In accordance with NTI’s investigative process, Nadya Gill and Amira Gill were removed from NTI’s membership.
Indspire’s programs require proof of Indigenous Identity, and we take misrepresentation of this proof very seriously. As a result of NTI’s investigation, Indspire has requested the return of all funds that both Nadya and Amira Gill received through Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures program.
Indspire continues to work closely with NTI throughout this process as well as with law enforcement as required.
Vice President, Communications & Marketing