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Indspire announces new Vice President of Programs & Student Success

January 8, 2021 – Ohsweken, ON.

With the advent of 2021, Indspire is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Vice President of Programs & Student Success. Rebecca Chartrand (B.Ed., M.Ed.) is Anishinaabe, Inninew, and Métis, from Pine Creek First Nation on Treaty 4 Territory. Rebecca comes to us from her role as Division Principal and Anti-Racism Lead at the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg, MB, where she was instrumental in developing Indigenous educational policy and strategy that has made Seven Oaks a leader of Indigenous education in MB.

An experienced executive with a broad range of experience in leadership development, education, Indigenous governance, resource development and implementation, Rebecca has worked for several post-secondary institutes and K-12 school systems, both on- and off-reserve. She gives her time to many boards and committees, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the HSC Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, and the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. She has founded several important collectives and initiatives, including the Manitoba Aboriginal Education Awards, the Council for Indigenous Education in Manitoba, and Full Circle Indigenous Education.

Rebecca has received numerous awards for her dedication to community and education, including Indspire’s 2014 Guiding the Journey Award for Innovative Practice, which recognized the many valuable contributions she has made to Indigenous education.

In her new role, Rebecca will be overseeing the numerous programs and offerings of the Programs & Student Success division, including the Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards program, the Rivers to Success Indigenous Mentorship program, the Teach for Tomorrow program, and Indspire’s Research Knowledge Nest.

Mike DeGagné, President & CEO of Indspire, says: “We’re happy to welcome Rebecca to the Indspire team, and we know that her commitment to excellence will give our Programs & Student Success team insightful, innovative guidance.”

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. Anchored by its mission and mandate, Indspire’s North Star vision is that, within a generation, every Indigenous student will graduate. In 2019-2020, Indspire provided over $17.8 million through 5,124 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. For more information, visit indspire.ca.

Brandon Meawasige
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