Reminder | 2016 Indspire Awards to air on APTN and Global TV on June 24 at 7:30 PM EDT
2016 Indspire Awards to air on APTN and Global TV
on June 24 at 7:30 PM EDT
Co-hosted by award-winning pop artist, Inez Point and physician and actor, Dr. Evan Adams ( Smoke Signals ), the 2016 Indspire Awards broadcast features performances by Indigenous talent from across Canada including musical performances by Murray Porter, Stephanie Harpe, Jace Martin, Shawnee, and Spakwus Slulem of the Squamish Nation.
Tune in to APTN or Global TV at 7:30 PM EDT on June 24 th to experience an evening of culture and celebration as we tell the stories of fourteen outstanding Indigenous achievers!
||Evan Adams – co-host, actor ( Lost in the Barrens, Smoke Signals)
Inez Point – co-host, Aboriginal People’s Choice Award-winning pop artist
Murray Porter – Juno award-winning blues musician
Stephanie Harpe – rock and blues vocalist and actress
Spakwus Slulem – singers, dancers, and drummers of the Squamish Nation
Suzette Amaya – award-winning radio show host and reality star
Jace Martin – Aboriginal Music Award-winning singer
Shawnee – award-winning performer, and more!
|Date & Time:
||Friday, June 24, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
and simulcast on Global TV and APTN. Please check your local listings.
The 2016 Indspire Awards recipients are:
Lifetime Achievement: Chief Dr. Robert Joseph – Gwawaenuk First Nation, British Columbia
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph is a testament to the ever-present possibility of healing and the power of forgiveness. As a survivor of residential school, he overcame nearly impossible odds. He was a strong advocate for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and remained active in it until it made its final recommendations in 2015.
Arts: Joseph Boyden – Ahmic Lake, Ontario
Award-winning author, Joseph Boyden, has brought Indigenous stories to life through his vivid story-telling. His third novel and international bestseller, The Orenda, won CBC’s Canada Reads competition.
Business and Commerce: Clint Davis – Nunatsiavut, Labrador
Since 2012, Clint Davis has been the Vice President, Aboriginal Banking at TD Bank Group. He is also the Chair of the Board for the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies.
Culture, Heritage, & Spirituality: Elder Mae Louise Campbell – Ojibwa/Saulteaux, Manitoba
Elder Mae Louise Campbell is currently the Elder in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Social Work and Red River College. From 2012 to 2014, she was part of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Canadian Girls.
Culture, Heritage, & Spirituality: Chief Jim Ochiese – Foothills Ojibway First Nation, Alberta
Chief Jim Ochiese is not only a professor, but was also instrumental in achieving the right for First Nations people to use Jasper National Park – their traditional land – for ceremony and medicine gathering, after being prohibited from doing so since 1907.
Education: Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew – Métis, Saskatchewan
Dr. Episkenew was known for her ability to walk in both worlds: nurturing her identity as a Métis woman while succeeding in – and challenging – colonial institutions, for the benefit of all Indigenous peoples. Before she went on her journey from this world on February 18, 2016, she was the director of the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre at the University of Regina, not to mention an accomplished researcher and author. She will be greatly missed.
Health: Pat Mandy – Mississaugas of the New Credit, Ontario
Pat Mandy is Board chair of De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre, which is creating two new culturally appropriate, holistic health care hubs. She has also been a strong advocate for increasing Indigenous enrollment in health careers.
Law and Justice: Mark Stevenson – Victoria, British Columbia
Mark Stevenson is a tireless advocate and legal warrior. He currently practices law, negotiates treaties and provides advice on best practices for structuring First Nations businesses.
Politics: Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell – Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, Ontario/Quebec/NY
Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell was elected Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne in 1984 and was nearly continuously in that role until his retirement in 2015.
Public Service: Leonard George – Tsleil-Waututh Nation, British Columbia
Leonard George was chief of Tsleil-Waututh for 12 years, then retired to concentrate his efforts in his positions as Director of the Economic Development Department and Chief Negotiator for the Tsleil-Waututh
Sports: Carey Price – Ulkatcho First Nation, British Columbia
Carey Price is not only one of the best goalies in NHL history, he is also working to literally feed the dreams of children and youth as The Breakfast Club of Canada’s national ambassador for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.
Youth – First Nation: Christian Kowalchuk – Big Stone Cree Nation, Alberta
Christian joined the Razorbacks coaching staff while completing his Master’s in Physical Education, achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA. In 2013, he helped the team reach the regional playoffs and in 2015, the College World Series.
Youth – Inuit: Laura Arngna’naaq – Baker Lake, Nunavut
Laura is one of few Inuk Chartered Accountants in Canada. Despite working in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, she stays connected to her Inuit roots through studying Inuktitut and teaching herself to carve soapstone.
Youth – Métis: Zondra Roy – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Zoey is a youth activist, spoken word poet, and community leader. She has created a vibrant life of art and activism despite leaving home at 13 and being incarcerated before the age of 15.
The Indspire Awards
Indspire gratefully acknowledges the support of CIBC as Presenting Corporate Sponsor and Shell Canada Ltd. as Indigenous Youth Sponsor of the 2016 Indspire Awards.
“CIBC has been proud to be the presenting corporate sponsor of the Indspire Awards since their inception to celebrate the significant contributions of Indigenous people,” says Victor Dodig, President and CEO, CIBC. “On behalf of our team at CIBC, congratulations to this year’s recipients, who are an inspiration to us all and incredible role models for Indigenous youth.”
“We are very proud of Shell’s 30-year partnership with Indspire to secure a brighter future for Indigenous youth,” said, Michael Crothers, Shell Canada President and Country Chair. “Congratulations to all of the 2016 Indspire Awards recipients. Your inspirational leadership is building a lasting legacy for your communities and for all Canadians.”
The Indspire Awards, the highest honour bestowed by Indigenous people on their own achievers, have celebrated the significant contributions of Indigenous people in Canada for 23 years. The Indspire Awards recognize the success of individuals who have the discipline, drive, and determination to set high standards and accomplish their goals . They promote self-esteem and pride for the Indigenous community and provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth.
The jury for the Indspire Awards is composed of previous Award recipients, representing a range of sectors and regions across the country. From hundreds of nominations, the jury selects ten career achievement award recipients, three youth award recipients (First Nation, Inuit and Métis), and one lifetime achievement recipient. The jury process is based on the highest standards of fairness, honesty, and respect to all of the highly deserving nominees.
Thank you to the generous sponsors who make this event possible and who contribute significantly to this much-anticipated annual celebration of Indigenous achievement!
Enjoy the show!
President and CEO, Indspire
Executive Producer, Indspire Awards
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