We are incredibly excited to announce that Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph is to receive the 2016 Indspire Lifetime Achievement Award!

As a survivor of the St. Michaels Indian Residential School, Chief Joseph endured several hardships as a young boy. Despite his deep struggles, Chief Joseph persevered and dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding, and racism. Through his work as the Ambassador of Reconciliation Canada, he not only inspired 70,000 British Columbians to show their commitment to reconciliation at the Walk for Reconciliation, but also built a national movement that is dedicated to the vision of a vibrant inclusive Canada where every child can reach their full potential.

Chief Joseph’s compassionate and peaceful approach to reconciliation not only inspires new hope and optimism for residential school survivors and their families, but also encourages reconciliation among Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians.

The 2016 Indspire Awards gala will be held on February 12, 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. The Indspire Awards have celebrated the significant contributions of Indigenous people in Canada for 23 years and recognize the success of individuals who have the discipline, drive, and determination to set high standards and accomplish their goals.

All of us at Reconciliation Canada are extremely proud of Chief Joseph and we congratulate all of this year’s Indspire Awards recipients.

Click here for more information on the 2016 Indspire Awards.

To read more about Chief Joseph, click here.