20 years of working with Indspire to build brighter futures for Indigenous youth

Celebrating 20 years of supporting Indspire

A two-decade journey of investing in Indigenous education through scholarships, bursaries, and more.

This year marks 20 years of our partnership between Imperial and Indspire – an Indigenous-led national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people and helps break down barriers for Indigenous youth as they pursue education to achieve their highest potential.

Since 2003, we have provided more than $1.8 million to Indspire – most of which has directly supported Indigenous students through the Building Brighter Futures program. Through this program, Imperial has provided more than 500 Indigenous students with scholarships or bursaries as they pursue further education.

Brett Clark – Vancouver Island University

Métis Nation of Alberta
Bachelor’s Degree – Geoscience
Brett, Geoscience grad

Cayla Gillis – Aurora College

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
Office Administration Diploma
Cayla, Office Administration program

Dorin Clough – University of Alberta

Métis Nation of Alberta
Bachelor’s Degree – Engineering 
Dorin, Engineering grad

Dante Carter

Onion Lake First Nation
Bachelor’s Degree – Commerce

Listen to Dante's story

Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering

Since 2018, Imperial has supported Soaring to provide an opportunity for Indigenous youth to learn more about our organization and open the door to a potential career in our industry.

Imperial Indigenous Scholarship Program


The Imperial Indigenous Scholarships are distributed annually through Indspire to Indigenous students who are attending post-secondary institutions in Canada with demonstrated financial need for contribution to education costs and with a preference to students studying in the following academic programs:

  • STEM, geology, geophysics, chemistry, computer science, business, and accounting.
  • Diploma technology programs including petroleum, mechanical, instrumentation and electrical and chemical production.
  • Other programs related to the energy industry.
Learn more about the application process and deadlines for the Imperial Indigenous Scholarship program

Learn more about our support for other programs creating opportunities for Indigenous youth.