Inspiring a new generation of Indigenous leaders

Left to right: Natan Obed, President of ITK (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami), Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams, 2018 Indspire Award Recipient in Education and TD's special advisor, aboriginal relations, Monique Bateman.

Thirteen trailblazers were honoured for their contributions to arts, culture, education and more, at the 25th annual Indspire Awards held on March 23, 2018 in Winnipeg, MB.

Indspire, a national Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people, brings together artists and performers from across the country to honour their contributions to Canada. The charity aims to close the education gap by providing financial awards, creating programs, and sharing resources.

For 17 years, TD has been committed to working with organizations like Indspire to support the next generation of leaders. Indspire's work in education enriches lives and provides access to the tools youth need to succeed with confidence in a rapidly changing world, while staying connected to their roots. Strengthening its partnership with the charity this year, TD will invest $1.8 million over the next three years in various education mentorship and scholarship opportunities for Indigenous youth.

“At TD, we are committed to doing our part to lead change through employment, education and the support of Indigenous economic development.” says Kerry Peacock, Executive Vice President, Day to Day Banking, Investing and Transformation, and Chair, Indigenous Peoples Committee, TD Bank Group. “We are thrilled to strengthen our ongoing partnership with Indspire and recognize the accomplishments of these 13 remarkable individuals as they lead the way for future generations."

Over the last 25 years, Indspire has recognized the achievements of 350 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals.

Want to catch the full broadcast? The Indspire Awards will air on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and the CBC in June at a date to be confirmed.