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Helping Indigenous youth achieve their dreams

Maatalii Okalik receives congratulations from her mother for receiving an Indspire award at the 2017 Indspire Awards Celebration in March. © Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families, communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education.

Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people. The 24th Annual Indspire Awards were held in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre in March, with 13 recipients, including three youth recipients and one lifetime achievement honouree. They were acknowl­edged by over 1,700 attendees, including 500 Indigenous youth from across Canada. The Canadian Screen Award-nominated show will be broadcast nationally by media partners Global Television and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. The Indspire Awards are made possible by the generous support of individual, government, and corporate supporters, including Presenting Corporate Sponsor, CIBC.

In the Inuit youth category, Maatalii Okalik was selected for 2017 as a role model for all youth across the country. She is a proud Inuk with a solid grounding in tradition and moves seamlessly between the tundra and Canada’s cities. In addition to her volunteer role with the National Inuit Youth Council, she works full-time with the Government of Nunavut, as the Chief of Protocol with the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Indspire will further showcase several youth recipients in 2017 through their Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour, to be held in seven Canadian cities — Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Yellowknife.

The objective of the Tour is to encourage dialogue between youth award recipients and local Indigenous students, educators, parents and community members, to reinforce the importance of education and to highlight how Indspire can help students achieve their dreams for a brighter future. In addition to funding from the Government of Canada, TransCanada Corporation and Shaw Communications Inc. are supporting the Tour as part of a series of initiatives in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

To learn more about how you can get involved with Indspire, call 1-855-463-7747 or write communications@indspire.ca.


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