Indspire Awards

Indspire Awards showcases and honours Indigenous talent from across Canada.


Inuvialuit throat singer hits the stage with Bobby McFerrin

From CBC News North: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Atlas of Canada created by Indigenous people coming soon

The Indigenous Peoples Map of Canada shows the country without provincial or territorial boundaries.

Why this Indigenous father considers pulling his son's hair an act of severe bullying

Indspire Award Winner Michael Linklater founded Boys with Braids which seeks to educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous people about the importance of hair, and the problems of bullying.

Former Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull on speaking out through style

“I could’ve dressed as a typical pageant girl on that stage but I wanted it to be something more than that and I wanted it to be bigger than me.”

Indspire Award winner Theland Kicknosway recommends reading Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice

Artists, community leaders and advocates are sharing their favourite books by Indigenous writers for Indigenous Book Club Month.

This entrepreneur is paving the way for other Indigenous women in Alberta's energy industry

Indspire Award winner Nicole Bourque-Bouchier on building up and giving back.

First Inuk surgeon, National Gallery curator, CEO honoured with Indspire awards: From CBC News

The 2018 Indspire Award recipients were unveiled Tuesday and feature a cross-section of Indigenous stars blazing trails in the arts, business, education, health and spirituality.

From twin fiddlers to an Indigenous supergroup, a musical guide to the 2018 Indspire Awards: CBC Music

Everything you need to know about the Indigenous acts taking the stage at 25th annual Indspire Awards.

Darrell Dennis: Tommy Orange's debut novel There There 'epitomizes the new voice of Indigenous writers'

Artists, community leaders and advocates are sharing their favourite books by Indigenous writers for Indigenous Book Club Month.

Indspire Award recipient brings Canada to 3-on-3 basketball World Cup for first time: From CBC Sports

Canada has a team in the 3-on-3 basketball World Cup for the first time, and the squad hopes to use the hard-won opportunity as a stepping stone to the Olympics.

'The power to save lives': Jennifer Podemski's call for Indigenous representation in Media

The actress and Indspire Awards' Creative Producer received the Award of Excellence at the 2018 ACTRA Awards. Read the transcript of her powerful speech. From CBC Arts.

Indspire Canadian tour to motivate Indigenous youth to stop in Saskatoon: From CBC News

Their mission is to invest in and promote Indigenous education, and now as part of Canada’s 150 celebrations, Indspire is sending its youth laureates out on tour with a stop in Saskatoon tomorrow.

From CBC News: Theland Kicknosway leads the way with his drum

Justin Trudeau unveiled his new cabinet on Nov. 4, making history and breaking new ground.

The secret to excellence: Why this Indigenous Royal Winnipeg Ballet student is keeping his options open

Cameron Fraser-Monroe, 19, is in his final year at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet school, and he's been offered two university scholarships in mechanical engineering. The Indigenous teen explains what it takes to have it all.

From CBC News: Roberta Jamieson to give 60th Convocation Lecture at the University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo's 60th Convocation Lecture will be given by Roberta Jamieson, the first Indigenous woman to earn a law degree in Canada, a member of Six Nations of the Grand River and a fierce advocate for Indigenous education.

From CBC News: Two Northerners to receive 2017 Indspire Awards

Cece Hodgson-McCauley and Maatalii Okalik are among a group of Indigenous Canadians being honoured with 2017 Indspire Awards.

From CBC News: Indspire Award recipient Thomas Dymond shines as advocate and volunteer

Mi'kmaq first year medical student Thomas Dymond is one of three youth honoured with an Indspire Award that was handed out a gala event on March 24 in Ottawa.

From CBC News: Manitoba teen who ran 115km for MMIW focus of music video, Vogue article

More than 100 kilometres and over a year later, a Manitoba teen's mission to bring attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women is getting recognized on a high-profile new platform.

From CBC News: Winnipeg elder receives prestigious Indspire award

Elder Mae Louise Campbell is one of two recipients receiving an Indspire award for culture, heritage and spirituality. But the road to discovering her identity and spirituality wasn’t easy.

Saskatoon Métis artist Zoey Roy wins National Indspire Award

After winning the National Indspire Award, Saskatoon Métis artist Zoey Roy is braiding bannock so that her mother can attend the award ceremony with her in Vancouver.