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Paper Excellence donates $50,000 to awards program supporting Indigenous students


September 30, 2021
By P&PC Staff

Paper Excellence donated $50,000 to Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards program. This program extends funds to Indigenous students pursuing full and part-time studies in college, university, skilled trades, apprenticeships and technology programs.

“The work that Indspire does to support Indigenous students in their educational journey is an excellent fit with our own ambitions as a company and speaks to our role in reconciliation,” said Graham Kissack, vice-president of environment, health and safety and corporate communications.

Since 2004, Indspire has provided more than $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.

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Paper Excellence stated in a release that it focuses on supporting community investment in initiatives that drive business capacity, education, health and culture and sustainability projects.

“Not only does this new scholarship represent the beginning of a positive and mutually beneficial partnership with Paper Excellence, it also represents a significant opportunity for Indigenous students to pursue their dreams through education,” said Mike DeGagne, president and CEO of Indspire. “We are excited to be working with Paper Excellence on this important new initiative.”

The Canadian government is matching donations made to Building Brighter Futures. This doubles the impact of Paper Excellence’s donation, taking the total to $100,000.