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Rio Tinto has partnered with Indspire, one of the country’s leading indigenous education organisations, to create the Rio Tinto Award for Indigenous Students

The Group has invested $1 million in scholarships 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

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.

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Rio Tinto is built on innovation and rooted in science and technology. Thanks to a technology we’ve developed and implemented in Canada, our aluminium smelters are among the cleanest and most energy-efficient in the world. Rio Tinto is Canada’s biggest private producer of renewable hydroelectric energy and its Canadian research and development centres are pioneering some of the industry’s most important innovations.

“We need a workforce that can support our high-tech business and home-grown innovations, and we have a strong bias toward hiring local people, so supporting education and programmes like Indspire is a natural fit,” Alf says.

“Rio Tinto understands the role it plays as one of Canada’s corporate leaders,” said Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Jim Carr. “They’re creating jobs and economic development. They’re a leader in internationally in sustainable mining and they give back to the community. But having the insight and the understanding to offer young, talented, Indigenous people with potential and ambition that extra edge through recognition, through opportunity, through sense of dignity and self-worth? That’s a life changing thing to do."

Visit the Indspire website to find out more about the award.

To find out more about Rio Tinto’s operations and activities in Canada, download our brochure ‘Invested in Canada’.