How ‘Indspire’ supports Indigenous education – and works for change
Source: MACLEANS | February 2018
Canada’s only national Indigenous-led charity is the largest funder of post-secondary education in the country, aside from the federal government.
For lawyer and Indigenous activist Roberta Jamieson, Canada has arrived at a crossroads. “We’re confronted with one arrow pointing to worsening conditions and the other toward Indigenous peoples having a sustainable future,” she says. But the latter won’t unfold without work and help from all Canadians, so the Mohawk woman—and first First Nations woman in Canada to earn a law degree—now channels her activism as president and CEO of Indspire, the country’s only national Indigenous-led charity (and the recipient of donated funds from a Maclean’s special edition on wage inequality).
Indspire, founded in 1984 and dedicated to advancing educational outcomes of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, is the largest funder of post-secondary education outside the federal government. Funded by private and public stakeholders, and matched dollar-per-dollar by the Canadian government, last year Indspire awarded $11.6 million through more than 3,700 bursaries and scholarships in 85% of Indigenous communities across Canada.
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