For nearly 30-years Shell has been a supporter of Indspire— a Canada-wide charitable organization that is dedicated to providing the necessary tools for Indigenous peoples to achieve their potential. Our partnership with Indspire began with investments in Aboriginal post-secondary education, but today it has evolved into a 360-degree approach where we focus on investing in kindergarten-grade 12 programs, post-secondary scholarships and events that recognize Aboriginal leaders.

Our goal is to help to increase high school completion rates and boost the number of Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary education. Together, with Indspire, we are contributing to the success of Indigenous communities across Canada.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the programs Shell supports through Indspire.

Shell Canada Aboriginal Scholarship Program

The Shell Canada Aboriginal Scholarships provide financial assistance to Aboriginal students from communities near our operations pursuing post-secondary education relevant to the oil and gas sector.

Eligible areas of study include:

  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Geosciences
  • Commerce (HR, Finance, Accounting, Energy Marketing, Economics)
  • Environmental Studies       
  • Oil & Gas, Trades and Technology

Realizing Project

The Realizing Project is a three-year pilot project in one of Shell’s key Aboriginal stakeholder communities. The program is designed to assist educators in establishing community-based sustainable programming that will foster high school completion through the Indspire Institute’s Success and Knowledge Centre. The program will focus on specific primary, intermediate or secondary level schooling, depending on community needs.

Indspire Awards

The Indspire Awards, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. Recipients of the awards motivate and serve as valuable role models for all Indigenous peoples. Shell was proud to be the Indigenous Youth sponsor of the 2016 Indspire Awards in Vancouver.

Oil & Gas, Trades and Technology (OGTT) Bursary and Scholarship Program

These bursaries and scholarship are open to First Nation, Inuit and Métis learners who are studying in Alberta, British Columbia or Ontario and pursuing an education leading to a career in Oil & Gas, Trades and Technology. 

Eligible areas of study include:

  • General education diploma
  • Applied diploma or degree programs
  • Academic upgrading or preparation
  • Pre-trades training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Pre-employment training

To find out more or to apply for an Indspire scholarship or bursary visit

Industry in the Classroom – Careers in Oil & Gas Modules

Shell is the founding sponsor of the Careers in Oil & Gas module in which Indspire will develop and launch a curriculum model that focuses on careers in oil and gas.  The goal of the module is to inspire Indigenous students to pursue careers in this industry in a fun and engaging way.  The development includes a video/DVD, accompanying curriculum and a delivery plan to reach Indigenous students.

Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences

The youth career conference brings high school students and industry experts together by connecting them with sponsors to learn more about a wide range of employment opportunities they can consider in their career planning. 

Students participate in interactive presentations from the Industry in the Classroom Series career workshops and watch presentations on employment opportunities. They also learn about Aboriginal role models in their communities. 

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Indigenous Peoples

It starts with a vision to be energy partner of choice with Indigenous communities where we do business in Canada.

The Banff Centre

For over a decade, Shell has supported The Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Leadership Programs.

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