Byline: Jace Koblun
With COVID-19 restrictions lifting and more in-person events taking place around the territory, Indspire announced the much-anticipated return of its Indspire Awards.
The 2022 in-person event is set to take place on May 12 in Ottawa, and according to Indspire, represents the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people. After 29 years, the Indspire Awards have honoured 396 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement. Their stories are shared in a nationally broadcast celebration that showcases the diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
“This year’s event will not only be a place to honour exceptional Indigenous achievers but will also act as an unofficial opening for an in-person celebration of community resilience after two years of reduced contact with friends and loved ones,” said an April 7 press release.
“At Indspire, we have seen the resilience of Indigenous communities and students during a trying time,” said Indspire President and CEO Mike DeGagné. “Looking to a hopeful future, we want to honour their achievements. We look forward to seeing you in person this year.”
This year’s celebration of the extraordinary recipients will start with a reception, followed by a dinner featuring Award presentations and entertainment. Stay tuned for more details, including entertainment and nominees at indspire.ca/events.