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Indspire Announces the Appointment of Three New Board Members

Ohsweken, ON – October 08, 2020.

Indspire is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Madeleine Redfern, Itoah Scott-Enns and Elizabeth Zarpa. All three appointees bring diverse and extensive Indigenous experience in the areas of transformative technologies, philanthropy, public service, Indigenous government and law to the board.

Itoah Scott-Enns

Itoah is Tłı̨chǫ and was born and raised in Denendeh, Northwest Territories. She holds a H.B.A. in Indigenous Studies and Ethics, Society & Law from the University of Toronto. As Executive Director of the Arctic Funders Collaborative, she advocates for equitable relationships with Indigenous communities and leaders across the Arctic. Currently, Itoah is busy running Įdaà Strategies, an agency that helps lead communities into a future rooted in Indigenous languages, cultures, and ways of life.

Madeleine Redfern, Iqaluit, Nunavut

Madeleine Redfern, the 2015 Indspire Award recipient for Public Service, is a businessperson and a strong social advocate for transformative initiatives within the telecommunications, transportation and energy sectors. She has extensive governance and volunteer experience with Aboriginal and Inuit organizations. Some of her roles include: the Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation, where she was Secretary-Treasurer, President of Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community; founding member of Ottawa Inuit Head-Start and founding member of the Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre.

Elizabeth Zarpa

Elizabeth Zarpa, the 2013 Indspire Award Youth recipient is not one to sit on her laurels. This Inuit powerhouse from Nunatsiavut, Labrador is certainly going places. She is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar, with academic and legal experiences that span across areas related to aboriginal law, criminal law and political science. She also engaged in revitalizing Indigenous legal orders at the University of Victoria and with the West Coast Salish First Nations at West Coast Environmental Law in Vancouver.

“We are all very excited to welcome Madeleine, Itoah and Elizabeth to Indspire’s Board of Directors,” said Dave Tuccaro, Chair of Indspire’s Board of Directors. “These three new board members bring a rich body of experience and unique perspectives on the work that we do in supporting Indigenous youth to achieve their potential through education and will be a tremendous benefit to the future direction of our organization.”

You can read full bios on each of these new board members here: https://indspire.ca/about/board-of-directors/

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Nick Foglia
VP, Communications & Marketing

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.