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Indspire Celebrates National Indigenous Education Month

November 10, 2020 – Ohsweken, ON.

November is National Indigenous Education Month, and Indspire invites you to celebrate with us as we recognize the advancements and tackle the challenges in Indigenous education in Canada.  With the help of our partners, Indspire provides financial awards, connects students with Indigenous mentors, supports educators, and honours outstanding Indigenous individuals who serve as role models to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth across Canada.

Today, to celebrate National Indigenous Education Month, Indspire will launch the premier issue of Indspiration, Canada’s first national magazine dedicated to advancing and promoting the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Published in partnership with MediaEdge, the first edition features articles on: Indigenous mentorship programs; challenges facing First Nations, Inuit and Métis students during COVID-19; profiles of Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards recipients, and more. You can read it here https://indspire.ca/about/indspiration-magazine/.

On November 3, 2020, Indspire announced the recipients of the 2020 Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards. These Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding educators for their achievements and innovations in Indigenous education. These educators work hard to transform Indigenous education across Canada by advocating for additional resources and cultural teachings in the curriculum; developing and sharing innovative teaching practices; and helping First Nations, Inuit and Métis students reach their full potential. Six educators and one community organization will be honoured for their contributions to Indigenous education at the National Gathering for Indigenous Education. You can learn more about them here https://indspire.ca/events/guiding-the-journey/.

From November 25 – 27, Indspire will host its annual National Gathering for Indigenous Education. Taking place virtually this year, this conference for K-12 educators will feature eight workshops, a keynote address by award-winning journalist and author of the best-selling book All Our Relations, Tanya Talaga, and an opportunity for educators to network and share best practices with their colleagues from across the country. For more information, visit https://indspire.ca/events/national-gathering/.

“Indspire looks forward to marking National Indigenous Education Month and the advancements that have been made in First Nations, Inuit and Métis education in Canada,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire. ‘While there is much to celebrate, there is still a lot of work to be done. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, I believe that Indspire can fulfil its North Star vision of having every Indigenous student graduate within a generation.”

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.

Nick Foglia
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
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