Indspire Awards recognizing accomplishments of Indigenous people coming to Vancouver
Award-winning author Joseph Boyden and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price are set to receive Indspire Awards at the prestigious annual gala event being held in Vancouver next month.
“The 2016 Indspire Awards recipients personify the successes Indigenous people have achieved and the significant impact we have made in all areas of life in Canada,” said Roberta L. Jamieson, president and CEO of Indspire and executive producer of the Indspire Awards.
Four Indigenous Canadians from B.C. are being recognized with Indspire Awards, including Price who is from the Ulkatcho First Nation in Anahim, B.C.
Price has garnered praise and support from Indigenous people around the country for being a positive and engaging role model for First Nations youth.
A video released by the Air Canada Foundation and Breakfast Club of Canada last year highlights a young Ulkatcho First Nations boy traveling to Montreal to spend the day with the Hart Trophy winner.
When he accepted the Vezina Trophy last June in Las Vegas, Price used the opportunity to encourage First Nations youth to become leaders.
WATCH: Carey Price encourages First Nations youth in Vezina Trophy acceptance speech
Also among the Indspire Award recipients from British Columbia is Chief Robert Joseph from Gwawaaenuk First Nation who will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Mark Stevenson and Leonard George.
The Indspire Awards are touted to be highest honour bestowed on Indigenous people and have been recognizing the success of Indigenous Canadians for 23 years.
Past Indspire Award recipients include NHL star Gino Odjick, former National Chief of Assembly of First Nations Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, accomplished actor Adam Beach, and world reknowned woodland artist Norval Morrisseau.
The gala event takes place on Feb. 12 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver and will be broadcast by Global Television and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) at a later date.
The complete list of 2016 Indspire Award recipients can be seen here.