OHSWEKEN – Indspire, the largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education outside the federal government, announced a new multi-year agreement naming TD Bank Group as their Lead Bank Supporter, and Presenting Corporate Sponsor of the annual Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering set to take place this year at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on March 22nd, 2018.
Since 1996, more than 44,000 Indigenous youth have attended powerful Soaring events. This year is no exception. 900 First Nation, Inuit, and Métis high school students from across Canada will gather in Winnipeg to explore and learn about a myriad of career and post-secondary education options. This empowerment gathering will provide students with key opportunities to participate in hands-on career workshops, meet Canada’s top employers and learn about financial support available to them, including Indspire’s own scholarships and bursaries. The gathering is designed to equip Indigenous youth with the tools and knowledge to dream big and aim high, and ultimately to close the gap in Indigenous education.
“We are especially delighted to have TD deepen their long-standing relationship with our Indspire family — their leadership and shared vision to work with us is helping to secure a brighter future for Indigenous youth,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire.
“At TD, we are committed to doing our part to lead change through employment, education and the support of Indigenous economic development,” said 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.”
Hosted by multi-award winning Indigenous journalist, Shaneen Robinson, this year’s Soaring event will feature live entertainment, including Inuit throat singer, Nikki Komaksiutiksak, Métis folk singer, Ila Barker, First Nations Round Dance and Beats, Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie, together with a special performance by one of this year’s 2018 Indspire Awards Recipients and Youth Hoop Dancer, Theland Kicknosway.