2018 Indspire Awards to air on CBC and APTN at 8:00pm on June 24, 2018

(Ohsweken, ON – June 5, 2018) The Indspire Awards will broadcast nationwide on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC, CBC Radio One, cbc.ca/watch, and on APTN. Please check your local listings.

The 2018 Indspire Awards honour the following thirteen First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals from across the country:

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Gloria Cranmer Webster, ‘Namgis First Nation, BC
Arts: Greg Hill, Kanyen’kehaka at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, ON
Business & Commerce: Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, Mikisew Cree First Nation, AB
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality: Kye7e Cecilia Dick DeRose, Secwepemc Nation, BC
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality: Theland Kicknosway, Walpole Island Bkejwanong Territory, ON
Education: Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams, Lil’wat Nation, BC
Health: Dr. Evelyn Voyageur, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, BC
Law & Justice: Paul Chartrand, Métis, St. Laurent, MB
Public Service: Dr. Mike DeGagné, Animakee Wa Zhing #37, ON
Sports: Michael Linklater, Thunderchild First Nation, SK
Youth – First Nation: Ashley Callingbull, Enoch Cree Nation, AB
Youth – Inuit: Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, Igluligaarjuk, NU
Youth – Métis: Tracie Léost, Métis, St. Laurent, MB

More information about each recipient can be found at indspire.ca/indspire-awards/laureates

This year’s ceremony is co-hosted by Darrell Dennis, award-winning comedian, actor, screenwriter and radio personality and Kyle Nobess, actor (Mohawk Girls) and international speaker. The show was taped in front of a live audience of 1900 people, including over 600 Indigenous youth, on March 23, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The show features performances by 2018 Juno-nominated, Indian City led by Vince Fontaine, 2018 Juno-nominated Sanikiluaq singer and songwriter, Kelly Fraser, dancer/choreographer, Santee Smith, Genie Award-winner for Best Achievement in Music, Jennifer Kreisberg, and classically trained Canadian cellist, Cris Derksen together with members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 2005 Juno-nominated Asham Stompers, and 13-year old twin fiddler brothers Double the Trouble accompanied by 20-year old, Gustin Adjun join the final performance.

“Between the performances and the award recipients, the Awards is a magnificent evening of celebration of Indigenous talent in Canada,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire and Executive Producer of the Indspire Awards. “In this era of reconciliation, it is fitting that we honour the contributions and role of Indigenous peoples and look forward to the future we are building together. By recognizing the journeys and accomplishments of these remarkable First Nations, Inuit, and Métis visionaries, activists, and role models, who have – with passion, courage and tenacity – converted their gifts, energies and determination into achievement, we inspire our young people to achieve their dreams and we show all Canadians that our people continue to be an important part of the future of our country.”

The Indspire Awards are made possible by the generous support of individual, government, and corporate supporters, including presenting corporate sponsor, TD Bank Group.

“TD is proud to present the Indspire Awards, recognizing the accomplishments of exceptional Indigenous youth and professionals from across the country. Through The Ready Commitment, our new corporate citizenship platform, we are honoured to work alongside Indspire to build confidence in Indigenous youth, foster a sense of belonging, and open doors to a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow for all.” said Andrea Barrack, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group.

Indspire gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:

Presenting Corporate Sponsor: TD Bank Group

Lead Partner: Government of Canada

Regional Partner: Manitoba government

Indigenous Youth Sponsor: Shell Canada Limited

Major Sponsors & Broadcast Partners: CBC and APTN

Major Sponsors: Suncor Energy Inc., and Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Youth Laureate Sponsor: Great-West Life

Founding Sponsor & Official Airline: Air Canada

Post-Ceremony Reception Sponsor: Teck Resources Limited

 

About the Indspire Awards

The Indspire Awards represent the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people. After 25 years, the Indspire Awards have recognized 350 Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding achievement. Their stories serve to inspire our youth and educate all Canadians about the impact that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people are making across the country. Each year, the recipients are selected by a jury composed of previous award recipients from across Canada. Recipients are honoured at a ceremony, which is later televised nationally.

 

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous-led national charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of improving graduation rates for Indigenous students. Through the K-12 Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 outcomes for Indigenous youth. In 2017-18, Indspire provided $14.2 million through over 4,900 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Amanda Charles
Communications & Marketing Specialist
Indspire
acharles@indspire.ca
416-987-0240

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TD BANK GROUP NAMED AS NEW PRESENTING SPONSOR OF THE 2018 INDSPIRE AWARDS

Show Hosts and Special Talent Performances Announced

(February 23, 2018 – Ohsweken, ON) – Indspire, the largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education outside the federal government, announced a new multi-year agreement naming TD Bank Group as their Lead Bank Supporter, and Presenting Corporate Sponsor of the annual Indspire Awards. Celebrating 25 years, the 2018 Indspire Awards will continue to bestow the highest honour on Indigenous people, marking the significant contributions of 13 more extraordinary Indigenous people in Canada.

“We are especially delighted to welcome TD Bank in this leadership role – they understand the vital importance of role models and education in securing a brighter future for Indigenous youth,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, and Executive Producer of the Indspire Awards. “Together, we will recognize and celebrate the journey and accomplishments of 13 extraordinary First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, whose discipline, drive and determination to set high standards and accomplish their goals is unsurpassed. We will also share and celebrate the impact of their stories with all Canadians.”

“At TD, we are committed to doing our part to lead change through employment, education and the support of Indigenous economic development,” said Kerry Peacock, Executive Vice President, Day to Day Banking, Investing and Transformation, and Chair, Indigenous Peoples Committee, TD Bank Group. “We are thrilled to strengthen our ongoing partnership with Indspire and recognize the accomplishments of these 13 remarkable individuals as they lead the way for future generations.”

This year’s 25th Anniversary show will be co-hosted by Darrell Dennis, award-winning comedian, actor, screenwriter and radio personality and Kyle Nobess, actor (Mohawk Girls) and international speaker.

The 2018 Indspire Awards will also feature special performances by Indigenous talent from across Canada. This year’s list of talent is an extraordinary one and features 2018 Juno-nominated Indian City led by Vince Fontaine and 2018 Juno-nominated Sanikiluaq singer and songwriter Kelly Fraser, dancer/choreography Santee Smith, Genie Award winner for Best Achievement in Music, Jennifer Kreisberg and classically trained Canadian cellist Cris Derksen, together with members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 2005 Juno-nominated Asham Stompers, and 13-year old twin fiddler brothers Double the Trouble accompanied by not much older 20-year old Gustin Adjun.

The Youth Award presenters will be internationally acclaimed, award-winning Canadian film and TV actress Tantoo Cardinal, host of Unreserved on CBC Radio Rosanna Deerchild, and Community Leader and Arctic Sports Coach Inuit High Jumper, Johnny Issaluk. The Live Voice Over Artist for the show is professional personality and producer for Winnipeg local Holly Bernier.

The 2018 Indspire Awards ceremony will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 23, 2018, to be broadcast on APTN and CBC at a later date. For tickets, please call 416.987.0250 or 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x228. Tickets can also be purchased online at indspire.ca/tickets or by emailing ticketsales@indspire.ca.

Indspire gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:

Lead Partner: Government of Canada

Regional Partner: The Manitoba government

Indigenous Youth Sponsor: Shell Canada Limited

Major Sponsors: CBC, APTN, Suncor Energy Inc., and Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Youth Laureate Sponsor: Great-West Life

Founding Sponsor & Official Airline: Air Canada

Post-Ceremony Reception Sponsor: Teck Resources Limited

 

About TD Community Giving

TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2017, TD donated over $107 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility

 

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous-led national charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire invests in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students so they will achieve their highest potential. In 2016-2017, Indspire awarded $11.6 million through 3,764 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. For more information about the 2018 Indspire Awards, visit indspire.ca.

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PRESS CONTACTS:

 For Indspire:

Cherie J. Cohen

Director, Communications & Marketing

416.987.0260 / 416.710.6070

ccohen@indspire.ca

 

For TD:

Geraldine Anderson

Manager, Corporate & Public Affairs

403.294.3328

geraldine.anderson@td.com

 

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(November 7, 2017 – Ohsweken, ON) – Indspire, the largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education outside the federal government, announced in Ottawa today the names of 13 outstanding First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals who have been selected as recipients of the 2018 Indspire Awards. The jury is composed of previous Award recipients, representing a range of sectors and regions across the country.

As in past years the recipients include an extraordinary list of some of Canada’s most accomplished people – from an Audain Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada, to a woman in a male dominated field, who has grown her business to over 900 employees since becoming CEO in 2004.  Two women residential school survivors, one an Elder and a teacher, who integrates Indigenous knowledge into all her teachings and the other who is a linguist uniquely skilled at sewing buckskin and beadwork.  There is a Professor Emerita of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria, who introduced a mandatory course in Indigenous education for all teacher education programs in British Columbia; and a legal practitioner and retired Professor of Law who served on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and represented Indigenous people for three decades at the United Nations on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Then there is the president of a university who recently served as the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national organization which addressed the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. The #1-ranked 3-on-3 basketball player in all of the Americas, and founder of Boys with Braids is on the list; and the youngest recipient, who ran 134km to raise awareness for children of missing and murdered Indigenous women and led the new Liberal government into Rideau Hall with his hand drum. The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is a woman with a long and distinguished career promoting Indigenous culture, who was instrumental in the repatriation of artifacts seized by authorities in a 1921 potlatch raid. She was also the first Indigenous woman to attend the University of British Columbia, back in 1949.

The 3 Youth recipients include the first First Nations woman to become both Miss Canada in 2010, and be crowned Mrs. Universe in 2015; an Inuk woman who became the first cardiac surgery resident; and a Métis woman who ran 115 km in four days to raise money and awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

The 2018 Indspire Awards recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Gloria Cranmer Webster, ‘Namgis First Nation, BC
Arts: Greg Hill, Kanyen’kehaka at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, ON
Business & Commerce: Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, Mikisew Cree First Nation, AB
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality: Kye7e Cecilia Dick DeRose, Secwepemc Nation, BC
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality: Theland Kicknosway, Walpole Island Bkejwanong Territory, ON
Education: Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams, Lil’wat Nation, BC
Health: Dr. Evelyn Voyageur, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, BC
Law & Justice: Paul Chartrand, Métis, St. Laurent, MB
Public Service: Dr. Mike DeGagné, Animakee Wa Zhing, ON
Sports: Michael Linklater, Thunderchild First Nation, SK
Youth – First Nation: Ashley Callingbull, Enoch Cree Nation, AB
Youth – Inuit: Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, Nunavut, Inuit Nunangat
Youth – Métis: Tracie Léost, Métis, St. Laurent, MB

“The 2018 Indspire Awards are the highest honour bestowed on Indigenous people, marking the significant contributions of our people in Canada. We not only recognize the recipients’ individual successes, their discipline, drive and determination to set high standards and accomplish their goals, but also to share and celebrate, the impact of their stories and journeys with all Canadians,” said Roberta L. Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire and Executive Producer of the Indspire Awards. “We also celebrate the future, through our three youth recipients, each of whom serves as a role model, promoting self-esteem and pride for the Indigenous community at large and providing outstanding role models for Indigenous youth across the country.”

The thirteen award recipients will be recognized in Ottawa, today, during Question Period in the House of Commons and a special Speaker’s Reception, immediately following.

The 2018 Indspire Awards ceremony will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 23, 2018, featuring live performances from some of the biggest names in Indigenous entertainment in Canada today. For tickets, please call 416.987.0250 or 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x228. Tickets can also be purchased online at indspire.ca/tickets or by emailing ticketsales@indspire.ca. The Awards ceremony will be broadcast on APTN and CBC at a later date.

This year, Indspire celebrates 25 years of the Indspire Awards which promote self-esteem and pride for the Indigenous community along with outstanding role models for Indigenous youth.

Indspire gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:

Lead Partner: Government of Canada
Indigenous Youth Sponsor: Shell Canada Limited
Major Sponsors: Suncor Energy Inc., and Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Founding Sponsor & Official Airline: Air Canada
Post-Ceremony Reception Sponsor: Teck Resources Limited

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous-led national charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire invests in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students so they will achieve their highest potential. In 2016-2017, Indspire awarded $11.6 million through 3,764 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. For more information about the 2018 Indspire Awards, visit indspire.ca.

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For media interviews and more information, please contact:
Cherie J. Cohen
Director, Communications & Marketing
ccohen@indspire.ca
Cell: 416-710-6070

 

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About the Indspire Awards
The Indspire Awards have celebrated the significant contributions of Indigenous people in Canada for 25 years. The Awards are aligned with Indspire’s mandate to provide educational support and programs for future generations to succeed. They promote self-esteem and pride in the Indigenous community and provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth. They recognize the success of individuals who have the discipline, drive, and determination to set high standards and accomplish their goals.

The national jury for the Indspire Awards is comprised of previous recipients, who represent a range of economic sectors, fields of endeavor, and regions across the country. From hundreds of nominations, the jury selects career achievement award recipients, three youth award recipients (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis), and one-lifetime achievement award. Recipients are selected through a process that is based on the highest merits of fairness and respect to all of the highly-deserving nominees.