Indspire Awards

Indspire Awards showcases and honours Indigenous talent from across Canada.




How to watch the 2020 Indspire Awards

The 2020 Indspire Awards airs Sunday, June 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, the CBC Listen app and APTN

Longtime Kahnawake Grand Chief Joseph Norton has died

Joseph Tokwiroh Norton, who served as Kahnawake's Grand Chief for nearly 30 years, has died at 70. He will be remembered for his role as a negotiator in the Oka crisis and as a tireless champion of Indigenous rights.

Meet the 2020 Indspire youth recipients serving as role models in their communities and beyond

Alicia Aragutak, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, and Alana Robert were honoured this year by Indspire for their achievements.



Red carpet fashion at the 2020 Indspire Awards

Everybody’s dressed to the nines in their finest fits at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.

Waubetek Business Development's Dawn Madahbee Leach wins Indspire award

The 2020 Indspire Awards will be handed out this weekend — and three women from Manitoulin Island are among the recipients. The awards are given out by the Indigenous community for First Nations, Inuit and Métis who have excelled in their respective fields.



"Embrace who you are." What advice do you have for the next generation?

We asked some of the Indspire Award recipients what advice they had for youth.

Watch Kelly Fraser's performance of 'Sedna'

Watch late singer Kelly Fraser perform the title track from her second album 'Sedna' at the 2018 Indspire Awards. The acclaimed Inuk singer died on Christmas Eve.

Atwood to donate Booker Prize winnings to Indspire scholarship

Atwood revealed during a news conference that she plans to donate her share of the prize money to a scholarship for Indigenous students in environmental studies.

How to watch the 2019 Indspire Awards on CBC

Stream the 26th annual Indspire Awards now on CBC Gem, honouring Indigenous talent from across Canada.

Atuat Akittirq has dedicated her life to keeping Inuit culture alive

Atuat Akittirq is a knowledge keeper. Following her family's forced relocation, she's used traditional skills and artistry to keep Inuit culture alive.
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Jeremy Dutcher, Moe Clark, Joey Stylez and more headline Indspire Awards

Everything you need to know about the 2019 Indspire Awards' musical performers.

Indspire Awards honour Cree doctor who serves her home community

Dr. Marlyn Cook is a Cree doctor who returned home to work with her community. She is a 2019 Indspire award winner in the health category and is being honoured for blending traditional healing and western science.

Kaniehtiio Horn, Indspire Awards host, shares why she loves Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

Kaniehtiio Horn is a Mohawk actress known for her role on Letterkenny and as host of the podcast Coffee with my Ma.

Métis kayaker and Cree doctor among this year's Indspire Award winners

Twelve Indigenous people from across Canada will receive Indspire Awards this year, which honour the education and achievement of First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Dr. Vianne Timmons, Indspire Award winner, shares why Canadians should read Clearing the Plains

Dr. Vianne Timmons, president and vice chancellor at the University of Regina, received the 2019 Indspire Education Award for her achievement in supporting Indigenous students.

Brigette Lacquette, Olympian & Indspire Award winner, shares why she's inspired by Harold Johnson's writing

Brigette Lacquette received the Indspire Sports Award in recognition of her achievements in hockey, including becoming the first First Nations athlete to play on Canada's women Olympic team.
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Indspire CEO Roberta Jamieson receives a Culture Award from DAREarts

She receives a Culture Award from DAREarts, an organization that fosters leadership development for young people in marginalized communities.
CBC News North

Inuvialuit throat singer hits the stage with Bobby McFerrin

In Calgary to perform at the Indspire Awards, Nina Segalowitch was called on stage to throat sing with her idol Bobby McFerrin of 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' fame.

Barbara Todd Hager, Indspire Award winner, shares why Eden Robinson's Son of a Trickster hits home

Barbara Todd Hager is the recipient of the 2019 Indspire Arts Award in recognition of her career in writing and television production, including directing the docuseries 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus.

Raising my son to dance, against the odds

Fifteen-year-old Theland Kicknosway is bringing hoop dancing into the 21st century after being raised to love dance by his mother Elaine, a 60s scoop survivor and women's traditional dancer.

Indspire winner Kelly Fraser has a lot to say

The 25-year-old singer and songwriter from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, is one of 12 winners of the 2019 Indspire Awards, and she's using her voice to speak out about Inuit rights.

Program aims to develop more Indigenous teachers and 'leaders within our community'

A new program has been launched in Winnipeg to help more Indigenous students become teachers.

Cree doctor honoured for 30 years of service on First Nations reserves

Growing up on the reserve in the 1950s, Dr. Marlyn Cook never imagined she would be one of the first Indigenous physicians in Canada. Now, she's being honoured for her decades of work in Manitoba's First Nations.

Innovative program recruits future Indigenous teachers from high school classrooms

An issue echoed by teachers across the country is the need for more Indigenous teachers in classrooms. A new program launched by the Winnipeg School Division, Indspire and the University of Manitoba is doing just that, and recruiting students while they’re still in high school.

Watch the 2018 Indspire Awards

Tune in June 24 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC, APTN, CBC Radio One to watch the 25th anniversary of the Indspire Awards, honouring Indigenous talent from across Canada.