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November, 2012

Indspire announces 2013 Indspire Award recipients
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Ontario: 14 Indigenous Canadians have been honored with a 2013 Indspire Awards. Formerly called the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the Indspire Awards celebrate significant contributions made by First Nation, Inuit and Métis people in Canada.

A national jury of former Award recipients selected 10 career achievement award winners, 3 youth award winners  and 1 lifetime achievement award.

“Each and every one of our Award recipients is a role model and a leader who has made a profound impact in their communities and across Canada,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire. “By honouring their achievements, we continue to inspire others to demonstrate their own potential — which is why the work we do at Indspire with First Nation, Inuit and Métis students is so essential.”

The 2013 Indspire Award recipients are:

 Lifetime Achievement Award

Alex Van Bibber
Champagne & Aishihik First Nation, Yukon

At the age of 96, he is a firm believer in passing down his Indigenous knowledge and teaching youth about the outdoors and caring for Mother Earth and all of her gifts

Inuit Youth Award

Elizabeth Zarpa
Inuit, Nunatsiavut
Newfoundland and Labrador

She has participated in the prestigious Circumpolar Young Leaders Program and is currently a Doctor of Laws candidate for 2015 at the University of Victoria.
  Métis Youth Award

 Graham Kotowich
Metis, Saskatchewan
He is a professional ballet dancer who began dancing at the age of seven, and has performed for members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace.
  First Nation Youth Award

Gabrielle Scrimshaw
Hatchet Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan
At 22, she was named an Associate in the Graduate Leadership Program with the Royal Bank of Canada-- the first undergrad associate in the program’s history. She has travelled, worked, lived and studied in 20 countries panning five continents.

Jacqueline Guest
 Metis, Alberta
he writes fiction for youth and her characters often depict Indigenous cultures and common issues and  mentors future Indigenous writers. Her novels have won the 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award, a Silver Birch Finalist and a gold medal at the Moonbeam Awards.
  Business & Commerce 

Charlie Evalik

Inuit, Nunavut
He contributed to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and with the creation of the new territory of Nunavut. He is Chairman of Board of the Nunavut Resources Corporation.
 Culture, Heritage & Spirituality

Winston Wuttunee
First Nation: Red Pheasant, Eagle Hills Saskatchewan
He is a renowned international Cree entertainer. storyteller, and respected Elder. He taught at the University of Brandon in the Indigenous music course and helped publish the Aboriginal Headstart Course. His songs carry strong messages of cultural pride to help his people through difficult situations

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
First Nation: Ahousaht #659 British Columbia
He is the current National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. He earned a Masters of Education from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and was the first Indigenous Chancellor of Vancouver Island University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Nipissing University as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
 Environment & Natural Resources

Lloyd (Sonny) Flett
Metis, Alberta
He's always lived in Fort Chipewya and works to protecting the environment with developing industries. He managed the Traditional Knowledge Component for the Northern River Basin Study, is Chairman of the Board to Akita Drilling and is serving his fourth term as Councillor for the Fort Chipewyan Municipal Government

 Ruby Jacobs
First Nation: Six Nations of the Grand River. Ontario
She spent 13 years as Director of Health Services for the Six Nations of the Grand River. She helped establish Ganohkwasra, which is reknown for its programs and services for family assault support. She also helped create White Pines Wellness Centre, awarded a Satellite Dialysis Unit by the Ministry of Health.
 Law & Justice

Viola Robinson, Nova Scotia
First Nation: Mi’Kmaq, Acadia First Nation, Nova Scotia
She chairs the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council and has received both the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada for her many contributions to the well--being of Mi’kmaq and Indigenous people throughout Canada.

Duane Smith,
Inuit, Northwest Territories
The current president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, an organization representing Inuit from Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Russia.He serves as Vice-President of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami and co-chairs the Arctic marine research program ArcticNet.
Public Service

Gail Cyr, Manitoba
First Nation: Nelson House Reserve, Manitoba
She established the Native Court Worker Association for the Northwest Territories and served as Legislative and Political Development Advisor in the Department of Municipal and Community. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012

Theoren Fleury,
He spent 13 years playing in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, and  Chicago Blackhawks. Fleury played withTeam Canada in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics and  wrote the bestselling novel “Playing with Fire.”

Read the complete Bios of 2013 Indspire-Award-Recipients

Indspire will formally recognize the winners at a February, 2013 awards gala in Saskatoon. Global Television and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) will partner to broadcast partners of the 20th annual Indspire Awards. A telecast date will be announced at a later date.

Indspire is the former National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. Its new name combines the key notions of Indigenous and inspiration to highlight its exciting mandate.

Indspire is best-known for its many programs that help Indigenous youth succeed. In addition to bursaries and scholarships, they offer career conferences for youth, interactive classroom learning modules, the Indspire Institute and the Indspire Awards.

Indspire’s focus is on supporting, innovating, and fundamentally transforming Indigenous education. In 2011-2012, Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures program provided a record $6,205,100 to 2,220 individual recipients.

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