With the desire to encourage others to embrace their identity, Indigenous youth in Canada are creating global awareness for the issues that matter most to them and their communities. Supported by Indspire, a Canadian Indigenous-led registered charity, the successes of these outspoken advocates are being recognized nationwide.
Canadian Club Toronto is proud to host Elijah Williams, Gabrielle Fayant and Tamara Takpennie– Indspire bursary recipients and laureates today, leaders tomorrow. Join us on March 28 when the panelists, moderated by Roberta Jamieson (President & CEO of Indspire), share their stories of determination, discuss their plans and hopes for our nation, and speak to Canada’s progress towards reconciliation.
Elijah M Williams
Manager, Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support, Sheridan College
Cayuga, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario
Elijah Williams is the Manager at the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support at Sheridan College. In this role, he has overseen the development of a 5-year operational plan for CILS to ensure that Indigenous learners are well-supported in their studies. He is also a member of the Indigenous Education Council at Sheridan and a member of the board at Grand River Employment and Training. He is a former Board member for Pride Toronto and a former City Ambassador for Apathy is Boring. Elijah’s advocacy is informed by his background as a member of the Turtle Clan of the Cayuga Nation. Elijah is also pursuing his Master of Professional Education in the field of Educational Leadership focused in Indigenous Education through Western University. Elijah is a recipient of Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Assembly of Seven Generations
Michif, Fishing Lake Métis Settlement, Alberta
Gabrielle Fayant originates from Fishing Lake Métis Settlement in Alberta and identifies as a proud Michif woman. She currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario on the traditional territory of the Algonquin peoples. Gabrielle is the cofounder and co-CEO of a youth-led, youth driven non-profit organization called Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G).
Gabrielle is also part of a womens hand drum group called Ogimaakwewak Singers. Gabrielle has been learning and helping take care of songs for the last 10 years. Gabrielle is also the recipient of the 2015 Indspire Award for Youth – Métis.
Student, Psychology and Indigenous Studies, Carleton University
Tamara Takpannie is an urban Inuk who was born in Kitchener, Waterloo and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. Her home territory is Iqaluit, Nunavut. Tamara is currently attending Carleton University studying a combined honours in psychology and Indigenous studies. She is a single parent to her seven-year-old son and sits as vice president of the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre board of directors. She works part time at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs in order to advance Inuit issues in the public service. Tamara is very passionate about her culture and hopes to share whenever possible.
Roberta L. Jamieson, O.C., I.P.C., LL.B., LL.D.
President & CEO, Indspire
Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman with a distinguished career of firsts. The first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; first non-parliamentarian appointed ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
Under Roberta’s leadership, Indspire has flourished. Raising over $91Million, since joining, Indspire’s annual disbursements of bursaries and scholarships has increased nine-fold, supporting Indigenous students’ post-secondary education and training.
She has earned numerous awards, including, YWCA’s President’s Award and Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 25 honorary degrees.
Roberta is an Officer of the Order of Canada.