Cel­e­brat­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of the Ind­spire Awards and Man­i­toba’s award re­cip­i­ents

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Each year, Ind­spire (with the help of their part­ners) brings hun­dreds of Indige­nous youth to the Ind­spire Awards. Th­ese stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence first­hand the cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture and achieve­ment, and leave with a sense of pride for their com­mu­nity and ex­cite­ment for their own fu­tures. Ind­spire de­vel­ops les­son plans to be used in con­junc­tion with the show to ex­pand the reach of the Ind­spire Awards and en­sure that Indige­nous youth across the coun­try learn about th­ese in­cred­i­ble Indige­nous role mod­els.

This year’s 25th an­niver­sary show, themed “Indig­itropo­lis”, was co-hosted by Dar­rell Den­nis, award-win­ning co­me­dian, ac­tor, screen­writer and ra­dio per­son­al­ity and Win­nipeg’s own Kyle Nobess, ac­tor (Mo­hawk Girls) and in­ter­na­tional speaker. The Live Voice Over Artist for the show was pro­fes­sional per­son­al­ity and pro­ducer, Win­nipeg lo­cal Holly Bernier. The 2018 Ind­spire Awards fea­tured Indige­nous tal­ent from across Canada, in­clud­ing the fol­low­ing in­di­vid­u­als from Man­i­toba: Lisa Meeches (Cul­tural Li­ai­son), Rosanna Deer­child, host of Un­re­served on CBC Ra­dio (Youth Pre­sen­ter) and Buffy Han­del (Chore­og­ra­pher for Sedna Per­for­mance).

INDIG­ITROPO­LIS “where lan­guage lives”

The theme of the 2018 Ind­spire Awards was in­spired by the move­ment of Indige­nous lan­guage recla­ma­tion and re­vi­tal­iza­tion, and the idea of neon signs on a sky­line. The goal was to cre­ate a show that em­bod­ied the essence of “Indige­nous lan­guages thriv­ing”. Indig­itropo­lis can be de­scribed as a place where Indige­nous lan­guages live and thrive. It is where Indige­nous cul­ture, cer­e­mony and iden­tity pros­per, and where ev­ery­thing in life is wit­nessed through an Indige­nous world view. It is ru­ral, it is ur­ban, it is ev­ery­where. A sky­line was con­structed which em­braced the en­tire stage to en­sure that ev­ery per­for­mance, award re­cip­i­ent re­veal, and host in­tro­duc­tion was be­ing sup­ported by lan­guage, iden­tity and in­di­gene­ity.

The 2018 Ind­spire Awards cer­e­mony was held in Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba, Canada, on March 23, 2018 - to be broad­cast on APTN and CBC at a later date.

Find out how you can nom­i­nate some­one for the 2019 Ind­spire Awards at www.ind­spire.ca/ind­spire-awards

Cel­e­brat­ing their 25th an­niver­sary, the 2018 Ind­spire Awards rep­re­sents the high­est hon­our the Indige­nous com­mu­nity be­stows upon its peo­ple. Through­out 25 years, the Ind­spire Awards have hon­oured 350 First Na­tions, Inuit and Métis in­di­vid­u­als who demon­strate out­stand­ing achieve­ment in their fields. The show is a na­tional broad­cast cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture, show­cas­ing the di­ver­sity of Indige­nous peo­ple in Canada and in­clud­ing per­for­mances by Canada’s big­gest names in Indige­nous en­ter­tain­ment.

2018 Ind­spire Awards Per­former, Kelly Fraser of SEDNA

2018 Ind­spire Awards Hosts Kyle Nobess (right) & Dar­rell Den­nis (left)

2018 Ind­spire Awards Per­former, Asham Stom­pers

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