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Indspire Research Knowledge Nest

Fostering growth. Inciting change. Shaping the future.

The Indspire Research Knowledge Nest is the first Indigenous research program of its kind in Canada.  With data analysis skills rapidly becoming critical to economic success, the Research Nest is poised to seize this exciting opportunity to foster Indigenous engagement and leadership in quantitative research and data science roles. The program will be guided by an Advisory Committee of researchers, leaders, and key stakeholders who will provide direction and input on the development of this important initiative.

Why is research important to Indigenous peoples in Canada?

There is currently no national repository that consistently tracks post-secondary and labour market data for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students in Canada. This data gap limits policy makers, industry, organizations, and community’s capacity to make informed decisions in the area of education for Indigenous peoples. Indspire’s Research Knowledge Nest aims to fill this gap through Indigenous-led research to provide evidence for decision making and identify how education supports affect labour market outcomes, the socio-economic wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, and community prosperity.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you’re interested in exploring partnership opportunities with us, please reach out to Cindy Ball, Vice President of Development, at Click here to learn more about our initial partners.

Research Nest Initiatives

Research Nest Focus Areas

Indspire’s Research Knowledge Nest develops research on the following topics:

  • Barriers for Indigenous peoples to post-secondary education and graduation
  • Links between economic development, labour market participation and education
  • Implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in post-secondary institutions and how this implementation affects Indigenous students
  • The impact of Indspire’s programs, using data collection tools such as Indspire’s National Education Survey
  • Best practices for compiling current data holdings and developing future data collection processes

New research topics will be developed based on Indigenous-led research directions from Indspire Research Knowledge Nest Advisory Committee, the Research Nest’s Research Assistants, and Indspire’s Board of Directors.

Research Assistant Program

The Research Assistant program provides a supportive learning environment for up-and-coming Indigenous researchers to receive hands-on work experience in quantitative research and data analysis roles.


The work of Indspire’s Research Knowledge Nest will provide decision-makers with key insights into the educational attainment of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada, fostering a new understanding of how education supports the overall wellbeing of Indigenous peoples.

Check out the reports by the Indspire Research Knowledge Nest below:

  • *NEW* – Insights into Indigenous Post-Secondary Graduates’ Experiences in the Canadian Workforce (2020) English | français
    • Using data from Indspire’s 2020 National Education Survey (NES) of Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards (BBF) recipients, as well as Statistics Canada’s Census of Population (2016), CCAB and Indspire explore how Indigenous post-secondary experiences are associated with entrepreneurship, working for Indigenous employers, and overall labour market outcomes.
  • Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards Recipients’ Outcomes Report (2020) English
    • This report examines BBF recipients’ educational and labour market successes, as well as provides insight into Indigenous post-secondary students’ challenges and needs.


Are you interested in a Research Assistant position? Or are you an established First Nations, Inuit, or Métis research professional who’d like to be a mentor? Maybe you’re a decision-maker or potential partner who’d like to know more about how the Research Nest’s work could benefit you?

We’d love to hear from you. Reach out to us at or give us a call at 1.855.463.7747.