We have partnered with Indspire, one of the country’s leading Indigenous education organisations, to create the Rio Tinto Award for Indigenous Students. The award offers young people financial support to get degrees, diplomas and certificates, apprentice in the skilled trades, or upgrade their education, so they can get into school or go after a career.
To create the award, Rio Tinto invested $1 million in scholarships for Indigenous students. The Canadian government matched that grant, doubling the size of the scholarship programme. The Rio Tinto Award for Indigenous Students prioritises young people studying science, technology, engineering and math disciplines but is also open to students in any discipline and of any age, including adult learners. Ninety three per cent of the students Indspire supports go on to graduate.
“Every day, I see Indigenous students who are just unshakable in their commitment to their futures and to their communities,” says Indspire’s CEO, Roberta Jamieson. “The Rio Tinto Award for Indigenous Students is helping them realise their dreams, and become our next generation of leaders.”
The award is consistent with Rio Tinto’s commitment to Canada, and to the country’s Indigenous peoples.