Indigenous youth are Canada’s fastest growing demographic yet they fall far behind the rest of Canada’s children on almost every measure of wellbeing. Only 10% of Indigenous students complete university degrees compared to 27% of other Canadian students. Without funding and access to education Canada’s Indigenous youth are not given the same opportunities as other children to build a brighter future.

Education is fundamental to transform the lives of Indigenous youth, their families and communities and ultimately build a stronger Canada. The greatest barrier to post-secondary completion is access to funding. Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity focused on improving education outcomes for Indigenous youth, was created to address this problem at its core.

Indspire offers resources, programs and financial awards to Indigenous students across Canada. As the largest funder of Indigenous education outside the federal government, Indspire awards scholarships and grants to Indigenous students, giving over $12.2 million in 2015-16 alone.

LIFT and Indspire have partnered together to significantly increase access to education for Indigenous youth across Canada. Over the next three years, LIFT will be working behind the scenes with Indspire using a venture philanthropy approach to invest up to $1 million in hands-on expertise and funding to help the organization grow and function more effectively. Enhancing Indspire’s capacity will help increase its reach and ability to deliver measurable social impact, improving education outcomes for Indigenous youth across the country.

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