Media Advisory - 1,000 Indigenous Youth Come to Ottawa to Explore Career Options

Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference brings students, employers together

OHSWEKEN, ON, March 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Indspire is hosting its Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference at the Westin Ottawa Hotel on March 23rd, 2017.

Nearly 1,000 First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students and their chaperones from across Canada will gather in Ottawa and explore education and career opportunities through a dynamic and engaging conference. By participating in workshops and hearing from top employers, Indigenous high school students will be presented with a multitude of options for post-secondary education and employment, and will learn about Indspire's scholarships and bursaries. The conference is designed to equip Indigenous youth with the tools and knowledge to dream big and aim high, to close the gap in Indigenous education.

Hosted by award-winning pop star, Inez Point, this year's Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference will feature live entertainment, career workshops, and prizes. Since 1996, nearly over 43,000 Indigenous youth have attended Soaring conferences.

At the conference, Indspire will launch its Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour, a Canada 150 Signature Initiative, hosted by the multi-talented reality star, Suzette Amaya. Indspire will bring past Indspire Awards recipients (laureates) in the Youth categories to seven cities across Canada, to be featured in highly interactive panel discussions. The launch will happen over lunch on March 23rd and begin at 12:20pm.


Westin Ottawa Hotel


Thursday, March 23rd, 2017


9:00am – 4:00pm


Thank you to our partners!

Lead Partner: Government of Canada
Regional Partner: Province of Ontario
Indigenous Youth Sponsor: Shell Canada
Exclusive Laptop Sponsor: Imperial
Photo Booth Sponsor: CWA Foundation 
Supporting Sponsors: Ontario Power Generation, The Society of Energy Professionals 
Cross Canada Tour Presenting Sponsor: TransCanada Corporation
Cross Canada Tour Youth Laureates Sponsor: Shaw Communications Inc. 
Host University Sponsor: University of Ottawa 
Host College Sponsor: Algonquin College 
Government Supporter: Government of British Columbia 
Tradeshow Sponsors: Agnico Eagle, Bruce Power, HSBC, Hydro One 
T-Shirt Sponsor: Scotiabank 
Backpack Sponsor: Stantec 
Champions of Soaring: APTN, CIBC, Corus Entertainment, Suncor, Syncrude
Workshop Sponsors: IBM, SNC Lavalin
Exhibitor Sponsors: Actua, Air Canada, Algoma University, Carleton University, Concordia University, Historica, Lafarge Canada Inc., Let's Talk Science, McGill University, Nipissing University, OCADU, Queen's University, Raytheon Canada Limited, SHAD, Trent University, University of Calgary, University of Guelph, Wilfred Laurier University

About Indspire: 
Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Through the K-12 Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth. In 2015-16, Indspire has provided $12.2 million through 3,792 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people that is broadcast nationally.

SOURCE Indspire

For further information: To arrange for interviews and for media passes to attend the conference, please contact: Anne Marie Gabriel, CAE, VP, Communications & Marketing,, Office: 416.987.0260, Cell: 226.920.5928; Pour de plus amples renseignements en français, veuillez communiquer avec Mme Anne Marie Gabriel, FGA, Vice-présidente, au 416.987.0260 ou


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