Indspire Monthly e-Newsletter | June 2021
Within a generation, every Indigenous student will graduate.
Summer is finally here and with it comes the 12th anniversary of National Indigenous History Month, a commemoration of the heritage and accomplishments of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st we created some great initiatives such as: daily Indigenous history facts, the 2021 Indspire Awards broadcast, and our popular weekly Indigenous History Quiz! 
2021 Indspire Awards

June is always an extra-special month for everyone at Indspire, with lots of excitement around the Indspire Awards.

Just in case you missed the special broadcast of the 2021 Indspire Awards, click the button below to view the show.

The lucky winners of the Watch Party will be contacted directly and will also be announced on our social media. 
Yeah! The Second Edition of Indspiration Magazine now Available!

The second edition of Indspiration magazine is here! Celebrating Indigenous achievement, this commemorative edition of our annual magazine not only looks back at the star-studded history of the #IndspireAwards, it also highlights Indigenous achievers in the present.

Indigenous researchers who are beginning their careers, Indigenous students who are succeeding despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Indigenous mentors & mentees who are helping each other thrive…we talked to them all.

Featuring gorgeous art by the wonderful Emily Kewageshig (@emilykewageshig), Indspiration magazine is something you should definitely queue up in your reading list!
Rivers to Success (R2S) is about to celebrate the end of its very successful first year, with over 1000 active participants in the R2S program! Facilitated through an online Portal, the R2S program features an innovative blend of one-on-one and group Indigenous mentorship as well as a wide array of customized and cultural resources to help Indigenous students succeed, organized in three streams:

  1.  High School – for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students in Grs. 10-12
  2. Post-Secondary – for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students pursuing post-secondary studies OR Gr. 12 students who have been accepted to post-secondary studies after high school graduation
  3. Career Transition – for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students preparing to graduate and begin their careers
Highlights Include:
R2S Members Share Their #Indspiration

R2S mentors & mentees and R2S team members featured prominently in the recent issue of Indspiration magazine!

Mentor Erica Daniels and mentee Desiree Brightnose talked about their strong mentoring relationship in a companion piece to their recent webinar, while Mentorship Officers Julia Stoneman and Greg Monias shared their thoughts about how important mentorship was to them during their student experience – and how they try to create the same feeling in R2S every day.

Check out their features and get #Indspired!
2SLGBTQ Pride Celebration 

It’s time to show your Pride! We’d like to invite you to join us for an amazing 2SLGBTQ+ Pride Celebration on June 29 at 3:00 pm EDT, with fabulous presentations and performances by Teddy Syrette and Lacey Hill!
Stay tuned for:
Career Transition Workshops

Our final career transition workshops are happening soon, so if you know an Indigenous student who’s looking to move from studying to working this year, let them know!

June 25 will feature wisdom from Rebecca Chartrand, Indspire’s very own VP of Programs & Student Success, while Career Advisor Awna Besan will be joining us on July 8 to share strategies about effective communication.
June 25, 4:00 pm EDT: Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace with Rebecca Chartrand (Indspire)
July 8, 4:00 pm EDT: Communication Strategies Based on Industry Best Practices with Awna Besan (Simon Fraser University)
Pow Wow Fitness Workout

It’s pow wow season and we’re getting ready! Come and join Deanne Hupfield for a fast-paced, fun Pow Wow Fitness Workout on July 14 at 3:00 pm ET as part of our ongoing Healthy Body, Good Mind, Whole Spirit fitness series. 

Deanne is the Anishinaabe host of the viral “How to Pow Wow Dance” on YouTube and is also a graduate of fashion design who has online regalia-making courses. Any age and any experience levels are welcome and no special equipment is required...maybe just those dancing moccasins you’ve been waiting to pull out!
Do you want to share our journey as an Indigenous mentor – or do you know of an Indigenous student who would benefit from the R2S program? Come and visit us here. 

Have questions or want to know more about the R2S program? Email us at or visit us at
Big things are emerging from Indspire’s Research Knowledge Nest! Just in time for National Indigenous History Month, a new report full of insights about Indigenous learners is about to be released – and you’re invited!
Highlights include:
Following the Path Arrives in Time for National Indigenous History Month

We’re excited to announce the release of Following the Path, the insightful report which examines how Indigenous learners are doing in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally intended as a follow-up to Indspire’s 2018 Truth & Reconciliation in Post-Secondary Settings: Student Experience report, it features the voices of over 3000 recipients of Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards program.

To learn more about its findings, join us for an extra-special live webinar on Wednesday June 30 at 1:00 pm EDT. You’ll hear from Kayleigh Wiebe, one of the report’s co-creators, as well as from students who shared their experiences!
Stay tuned for:
New Research Begins

Things won’t slow down over the summer in the Research Nest. July will see the second cohort of Research Assistants begin their training, and the RN Advisory Committee will be meeting to discuss the year’s work and talking about exciting new research avenues to investigate. We’re looking forward to sharing more information with you about summer activities in the Nest soon!
Have questions or want to know more about the Research Knowledge Nest? Email us at or visit us at
Jacob Rahn

My name is Jacob Rahn, and I am a 20-year-old Métis student in my First Year of Engineering at the University of Alberta. Before this I was in a Business Administration program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for one year. I decided it was not quite what I wanted to do even though I did very well at it. I felt I needed more of a challenge, so I went into an Engineering Program.
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