Ah, award season. We've had the Oscars and the Grammys. And the Junos and Geminis are coming up. But one award program that deserves a lot more press is the Indspire Awards, an event that celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals.
Since 1998, Suncor, proud owner of Petro-Canada, through the Suncor Energy Foundation, has supported Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity whose vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement. In addition to recognizing Indigenous people who have made significant contributions to Indigenous education, art, culture, business, health, law, sports and public service in Canada, there are also three youth awards to First Nations, Inuit and Métis role models.
The Indspire Awards were held this year in Calgary on February 22 and it will be broadcast on APTN as well as on CBC, including CBC's Gem Streaming service, on Sunday, June 23. For a taste of the celebration, check out this video of the amazing opening number: Come and Get Your Love by Pat Vegas, his son PJ Vegas and the Northern Cree Singers.
The Indspire Awards gala was also part of the itinerary for 20 Indigenous youth who gathered in Calgary to participate in this year's Indspired Youth Experience. The youth participants are selected by their communities because they stand out as future leaders. Some of the highlights of this year’s event were The Walrus Talks youth leadership event, the Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering, and the Suncor youth luncheon with Indspire award recipients.
Since 2003, Suncor has brought over 300 Indigenous students to this multi-day experience focused on leadership and learning opportunities that are grounded in culture and reconciliation.
Suncor also supports Indspire through bursaries and scholarships, including the Petro-Canada Award for Indigenous Students, a bursary awarded to high school and post-secondary students to help with their education.
Congratulations to this year’s Indspire Awards winners!
- Rose R.