Shell is proud to be a long-time supporter of Indspire. For over thirty years we have been investing in post-secondary scholarships and programming. “Photo provided courtesy of Indspire”
Indspire is a national Indigenous-led charitable organization that invests in Indigenous Peoples to help reach their highest potential in education and by inspiring achievement. Our partnership with Indspire began with investments in Indigenous post-secondary education, but today it has evolved into a 360-degree approach where we focus on investing in K-12 programs, post-secondary scholarships and events that recognize Indigenous leaders.
Scholarships and Bursaries with Indspire
Shell provides post-secondary financial awards and supports delivery of Indspire programs for Indigenous students.
These programs were established for Indigenous students to pursue post-secondary education for possible future employment opportunities relevant to the oil and gas sector. Here is a snapshot of these two programs:
Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards
General Post-Secondary Education:
This program supports First Nation, Inuit and Métis people who are from communities and regions near Shell Canada operations in Alberta, British Columbia or Ontario to pursue Post-Secondary education. These programs are primarily awarded in the areas of Business, Engineering, Geosciences, Environmental Studies, and Commerce (Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Energy Marketing, and Economics).
Apprenticeships, Skilled Trades & Technology:
This program supports First Nation, Inuit and Métis people who are from communities or regions of Alberta, British Columbia or Ontario near Shell Canada operations to pursue an education leading to a career in technology. Programs of study can include: general diplomas, applied diploma certificate programs, pre-trades training in skilled trades and technology fields.
To find out more or to apply: visit www.indspire.ca or call 1.855. INDSPIRE (463.7747)
The Indspire Awards recognize and honour Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding achievement. Recipients of the awards motivate and serve as valuable role models for all Indigenous Peoples. Shell is proud to be the Indigenous Youth sponsor of the Indspire Awards.
Title: Indspire Awards 2020 - Marion Brown
Duration: 3 minutes 04 seconds
Marion Brown, recipient of the Indspire Building Brighter Futures' scholarship, sponsored by Shell Canada, shares the value of Indspire and the Indspire Awards.
A short video with voiceover describes awards recipient, Marion Brown’s journey and how education and the Indspire Awards has encouraged her to follow her dreams.
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I think it was about 8 months before my mom passed away.
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The doctors had told us, we’re kind of running out of options here.
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My mom picked up a book and she said, “I think I’m going to write my PHD thesis on Spirituality and the Native Nations.”
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And I said, “But you’re dying.”
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She said, “No, I’m not. Until I take my last breath, I am living.”
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She was given 3 months and she lived 3 years.
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Just over 6 months after my mom died, my sister died. I really just felt lost.
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I had signed up to do my MBA, but I was feeling a little bit off and I had been feeling off for a while.
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I couldn’t walk for any length of time without feeling like my heart was going to beat out of my chest.
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It was then I was told I had pulmonary hypertension. Just a long, slow, painful death.
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I laid down and waited to die. Then I remembered what my mom taught me.
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She was teaching me the whole time. She taught me how to be a mother. She taught me how to be a wife. She taught me how to be a student.
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And now she had taught me how to deal with this part of my life.
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I have something to prove to myself. I applied to the University of Arizona and have been accepted. I start doing another Master’s Degree in September.
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The value of Indspire and the Indspire Awards is that you’re taking one person and you’re helping them change their life.
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And that’s how we make change, one person at a time.
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We have industry supporting people like myself to go to school so that we can represent our communities.
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What I’d like to do with my education is to go back and work with my nation.
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I’m not going to lay down and wait to die. Until I take my last breath, I’m living.
Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering
The youth career conference brings high school students and industry experts together by connecting them with sponsors to learn about a myriad of career and post-secondary education options. Students participate in interactive workshops to learn about career opportunities, financial support, and meet leading industry experts. They also learn about Indigenous role models in their communities and meet the Indspire Youth Award recipients.
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