Indigenous Education

My vision for future generations of Indigenous students continues to be that they all have access to an educational experience which includes our history, our languages, our values, and our science.

I want Indigenous youth to be encouraged and empowered to hold on to values they are willing to defend, to find good people to shape their lives around, to discover a way to be fully involved in everything that is happening in our communities – our nations, our Canada, our world.

As we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, our focus as a nation is on Reconciliation. Now more than ever, education is the key to transformation in the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.

Education will increase capacity to make constructive change, to better economic circumstances. Education is a sustainable investment which exponentially increases benefits over future generations and in a short time pays for itself.

We must make that investment.

Roberta Jamieson,
President and CEO, Indspire

Indigenous Education is Canada’s Future Growth

Indspire invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

Our vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they will achieve their highest potential.

Indspire is led by Indigenous people for Indigenous people. We serve First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students in remote communities and urban centres across Canada. With the support of our funding partners, we disburse financial awards, deliver programs, and share resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education.

Indspire’s K-12 Institute is a virtual resource centre that serves educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth.

In 2015-16, Indspire awarded over $12.2 million through 3,792 scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students across Canada.

Each year, we present the Indspire Awards, a nationally broadcast celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people.

Indigenous Education is Canada’s Future