TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - The National Aboriginal Achievement
Foundation is now Indspire. The new identity signals a new day for Indigenous education in
Canada. And Indspire's new tagline, says it all: "Indigenous education,
The new name combines key notions of Indigenous and inspiration to
highlight Indspire's mandate. Gaining widespread acceptance from Indigenous organizations
across Canada and the world, the term Indigenous means "of the land,"
and is literally expressive of Canada's original peoples.
"As the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, we were well-known
for our work in recognizing Indigenous role models and achievement,"
said Roberta Jamieson, Indspire President and CEO and Indspire Awards Executive Producer. "Yet achievement is difficult without a quality
education. This compelled us to play a more active role in improving
and even transforming Indigenous education from the very onset of
Indspire will continue its best known activities, including the distribution of
bursaries and scholarships. Since 1985, the organization, through its
Education Program, has awarded more than $42.7 million in scholarships
and bursaries to more than 11,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis
Recognition and celebration of First Nation, Inuit and Métis role models
remains vital to achieving its mission. The annual national gala of
Indigenous achievement remains a cornerstone. The National Aboriginal
Achievement Awards will now be the Indspire Awards. The celebration is also highlighting the importance of Indigenous
education throughout the event, and increasing the presence and
recognition of young achievers who can encourage their peers.
When fully implemented, the Indspire Institute will be one of the key elements of the organization's redefined focus.
The Institute is a virtual, online hub dedicated to sharing and
creating programs, learning and best practices in Indigenous education
from K-12, with a primary goal of improving high school completion
rates. It will house many of Indspire's existing programs, become a source of distinct and respectful
practices and related resources for Indigenous education, and will
develop and implement "on the-ground" programming in communities
As Indspire, its programs and primary activities remain solidly in place. The
physical addresses will remain the same. Staff can be reached at 1.855.
INDSPIRE (463.7747). A new website, www.indspire.ca was created and e-mail addresses have changed to reflect the new brand
Indspire believes that it's time for new approaches, bold investment,
and more support from more Canadians, visionary organizations and all
citizens alike. "We hope you share our excitement about this exciting
new day for both Indigenous education and Canada," said Roberta
SOURCE National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
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