Deloitte Canada commits $175,000 per year for three years to Indspire to invest in Indigenous education
Commitment demonstrates support for Indigenous-led solutions that build education capacity and increase economic prosperity
TORONTO, February 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Deloitte Canada announced its first multi-year sponsorship agreement with Indspire, committing $175,000 every year for three years to the only Indigenous-led education organization that offers scholarships, training and programs from coast to coast.
Equitable access to educational opportunities, training and jobs is considered the most effective way to ensure the social and economic prosperity of Indigenous peoples. Indspire’s vision is that within a generation, every Indigenous student will graduate from high school and have the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education, breaking the cycle of unemployment, social marginalization and poverty experienced by a disproportionate number of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. today’s youth.
“We are pleased to work with Deloitte as they continue to take a leadership role in the enterprise space. Canada toward reconciliation,” said Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and CEO of Indspire. “Their support will have a significant impact on Indigenous students and communities by allowing us to build educational capacity, help strengthen the identity of Indigenous youth and, in the long term, increase economic sustainability and prosperity” .
The sponsorship supports the commitments made by Deloitte Canada as part of its reconciliation action plan. In line with the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Call to Action #92, Deloitte places a strong emphasis on building respectful and meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities, investing in education and training, and striving to become a trusted partner and employer for businesses and professionals.
“We are strongly committed to investing in the education of Indigenous youth and creating a talent pipeline for all Canadian organizations,” said Antoine Viel, CEO, Deloitte Canada. “We believe that the full participation of Aboriginal people in all aspects of our economy is key to a resilient and prosperous society. Canada and we see education and sponsorship as the path to achieving that goal.”
Launching the Brighter Futures Fellowship Program in 2017, Deloitte has been privileged to participate in several youth events and gatherings. In 2020 and 2021, Deloitte was proud to sponsor the Indspire Awards. Building deeper and more dynamic connections with students that include mutual learning experiences and mentorships is a priority for the firm. From a cash and cents perspective, Deloitte continues to support the Youth Soaring Gathering, annual Indspire Awards and scholarships for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada to help them complete their post-secondary education.
The next scholarship application deadline is August 1, 2022with additional annual submission dates on November 1, 2022and February 1, 2023 (visit indspire.ca for more information).
To learn more about Deloitte’s Reconciliation Action Plan, including how to develop and implement your own, please visit: https://www2.deloitte.com/ca/en/pages/ public-sector/articles/indigenous-impact-report.html.
Indspire is a national Indigenous charity that invests in First Nations, Inuit and Métis education for the long-term benefit of these people, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire offers financial scholarships, offers programs and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit and Métis students reach their full potential. In 2019-20, Indspire provided over $17.8 million through 5,553 scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada.
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