The 2022 Indspire Awards recipients were announced in Ottawa last week during a special in-person celebration.
“After two years of reduced contact with friends and community, the Awards brought together Indigenous professionals and youth in a variety of fields, including: the arts; business and commerce, culture, heritage and spirituality; education; health; law and justice; public service; sports; and lifetime achievement,” said a May 13 press release from Indspire.
The Indspire Awards represent the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people, recognizing Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement on a national level in a variety of fields.
Indspire also announced three Youth Awards winners are being honoured for their accomplishments, serving as role models to other First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth in their communities and across Canada.
Youth Recipient – Shayla Oulette-Stonechild
Youth Recipient – Melissa Attagutsiak
Youth Recipient – Tristen Durocher
Arts – David Wolfman
Business & Commerce – Jenn Harper
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality – Siyamiyateliot Elizabeth Phillips
Education – Annette Trimbee
Health – Melanie MacKinnon
Law & Justice – Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay
Public Service – Terry Goodtrack
Sports – Terry Felix
Lifetime Achievement – Marjorie White
“At Indspire, we’ve been eagerly anticipating our biggest celebration in years,” said Indspire President and CEO Mike DeGagné. “This is an especially significant moment as we celebrate in person. We are proud to honour our 2022 laureates and their outstanding achievements, recognizing the important place they hold in their communities and in wider Indigenous circles across Turtle Island.”
Once again, each recipient will be presented with a gold pin featuring a Canadian diamond from the Diavik mine in the Northwest Territories and supplied by Rio Tinto.
The awards ceremony will be broadcast during National Indigenous History Month on APTN, CBC and CBC Gem on Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. EST. the ceremony can be heard on CBC Radio One and the CBC Listen App at 8 p.m. EST
“If you’re watching with friends and family, you can register your watch party for the chance to win two business-class tickets to anywhere in North America from Air Canada,” said the release.
Watch Party details: indspire.ca/watch-party
Full bios on each recipient: indspire.ca/events/indspire-awards/laureates