The Indspire Awards, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. They motivate and serve as invaluable role models for all Indigenous peoples.
The Awards were created in 1993, in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
Celebrating the 21st anniversary in 2014, the Indspire Awards represent the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers.
Each year 14 recipients are selected by a national jury for their outstanding accomplishments in various disciplines. These recipients are then honoured at a nationally televised gala ceremony.
The Indspire Awards promote self-esteem and pride for Indigenous communities and extend further to provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth. The Awards broadcast the success of individuals who have the discipline, drive and determination to set high standards and accomplish their goals.
Each year a gala show is produced by Indspire, which recognizes numerous talents possessed by Indigenous people in Canada. This annual black-tie event is held in a major Canadian city and hosts approximately 2,500 people from the Indigenous community, corporate and public sectors.
Youth are highly encouraged to attend and special seating is arranged for youth and Elders. A reception and dinner are held for the Award recipients on the day of the show. The live show is filmed in preparation for the Indspire broadcast. The 21st annual Indspire Awards will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Centennial Concert Hall.
A 90-minute version of the Indspire Awards is produced and broadcast nationally by two select television networks, Global Television and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
Any person in Canada may nominate individuals:
Please note that nominations of deceased persons will not be accepted. Jurors are not eligible for nomination, nor may they submit nominations or support letters.
A national jury comprised of 10 former Indspire Award laureates review all nomination forms received and select 14 recipients, including three youth and one Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
The selection is a confidential process that is based on the highest merits of fairness, honesty and respect to the hundreds of deserving nominees.