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Rivers to Success: Indigenous Student Mentorship

Guiding you to success – wherever you are on your journey.

Indspire’s vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education, inspiring achievement at all educational levels across all geographical regions of Canada. The guiding principle of Indspire’s North Star – “every student will graduate in a generation” – is enshrined in the Rivers to Success: Indigenous Student Mentorship (R2S) program.

In 2018, Indspire learned more about the realities of Indigenous students and their needs in the Truth and Reconciliation in Post-Secondary Settings: Student Experience (TRSE) survey report. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students from across the country told Indspire what they need for academic success – and Indspire listened.

The R2S program, with its unique three streams and customized cultural resources, is the result. The program will provide a strong support system to ensure the sustained success of Indigenous students as they graduate and go on to become the leaders of tomorrow. Indspire is uniquely positioned to offer this support; it is a national Indigenous organization which is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and trusted by Indigenous students.

In R2S, students will have access to Elders, Indigenous mentors, Indigenous Laureates, and Indigenous Building Brighter Futures alumni. Connecting with these resources will enable students to prioritize their own development, seek out exciting opportunities, and ultimately achieve success in their chosen fields – all while maintaining essential connections to their cultures and communities. The R2S team will work with valued partners to deliver this program’s exclusive blend of mentorship, guidance, and customized cultural resources to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis high school and post-secondary students.

The Three Streams of Mentorship

Are you a First Nations, Inuit, or Métis student who’s interested in signing up for Rivers to Success and jump-starting your own educational journey? An educator who’d like to start enriching your Indigenous students’ experience? An established, knowledgeable, empathetic First Nations, Inuit, or Métis professional who’d like to be a mentor and guide the next generation of Indigenous leaders? Join Rivers to Success today!

High School Stream

Join us if you are:

  • A First Nations, Inuit, or Métis student in Grades 10-12
  • Interested in making connections with other students and getting tips, advice, and hints on how to get to graduation (and what comes next!)
  • Determined to stay connected to your home and culture even if you’ve had to travel to go to school

You’ll get:

  • Quality mentorship in a group setting through the R2S Portal
  • Ongoing support from facilitators including Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and educators as well as other students in your cohort – right up until graduation (and after, if you want!)
  • Online resources that are customized just for you to help you succeed
  • Helpful feedback on essential skills: tips for good study habits, advice about school/home/friends/work balance, choosing the right college or university – and more!

Post-Secondary Stream

Join us if you are:

  • A First Nations, Inuit, or Métis student in Grade 12 who’s been accepted to post-secondary studies – or who’s currently pursuing post-secondary studies
  • Interested in connecting with a mentor who can help you make the move from high school to post-secondary studies – and with other students who are making the same move
  • Determined to stay connected to your home and culture even if you’ve had to travel to go to school

You’ll get:

  • Quality one-on-one mentorship from a respected professional through the R2S Portal
  • Opportunities to connect with other students who are at the same place in the educational journey as you!
  • Ongoing support from facilitators including Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and educators as well as other students in your cohort – right up until graduation (and after, if you want!)
  • Online resources that are customized just for you to help you succeed
  • Practice at essential skills – think study techniques, job interviewing tips, advice about school/home/friends/work balance, and more!

Career Transition Stream

Join us if you are:

  • A First Nations, Inuit, or Métis student who’s about to graduate and who’s looking ahead to entering the workforce
  • Interested in making connections with a mentor who can help you make the transition from studying to full-time work – and who can give you good guidance about how to find the career of your dreams!
  • Determined to stay connected to your home and culture even if you’ll have to travel to start your career

You’ll get:

  • Quality one-on-one mentorship from a respected professional through the R2S Portal
  • Opportunities to connect with other students who are at the same place in their journey as you!
  • Ongoing support from facilitators including Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and educators as well as other students in your cohort
  • Online resources that are customized just for you to help you succeed
  • Practice at essential skills – think job-hunting advice, interview tips, good habits to help you with personal finances, guidance with career/life balance, and more!

Need $ for school? We can help!

Don’t forget – if you need some additional financial assistance while planning or completing your educational journey, we can help you with that too!  Since 2004, Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards program has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students – and you could be one of them! Check out our Building Brighter Futures page for more information on the program and how to apply.


Questions?

Please reach out – we’d love to hear from you!  Send us an email at rivers@indspire.ca or give us a call: 1-855-463-7747.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The work of Indspire’s Rivers to Success program is made possible through the participation of our valued partners and collaborators, without whom its work wouldn’t be possible.

Are you interested in exploring partnership opportunities with us? Would your organization like to participate in this valuable initiative? Please reach out to Julia O’Hara, Director of Partnerships, at johara@indspire.ca.


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