Sasaktoon, SK – Theoren Fleury has been recognized as a recipient of a 2013 Indspire Award in the Sports category. This year marks the 20th annual Indspire Awards (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards), that acknowledge Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding achievements in a variety of different career categories. They motivate and serve as invaluable role models for all Indigenous youth across Canada.
“I am very honoured to receive an Indspire Award. 2013 is going to be a big year for us, with the launch of our Victor Walk in May,” says Fleury. “I am pleased to be recognized in the sports category. Winning the world juniors, winning the Stanley Cup, and winning an olympic gold medal have all been big achievements, but my work as an advocate for child sexual abuse is what I am most proud of. I was thrilled to co-host the awards show last year, and I am excited to be able to attend again this year as a recipient.”
The 20th Annual Indspire Awards will be held at TCU Place – Sid Buckwold Theatre in Saskatoon on February 15. A limited number of tickets are still available to be purchased online http://indspire.ca/tickets
About the Indspire Awards:
Each year, the Indspire Awards celebrate the achievements of the 14 outstanding recipients, including a lifetime achiever. At the 2013 Indspire Awards three youth recipients will be honoured. The Awards gala is a dazzling showcase of top First Nation, Inuit and Métis entertainers that is subsequently broadcast nationally on Global TV andthe Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). Since its inception 19 years ago Indspire has presented the Award to almost 270 recipients.
The Indspire Awards were established in 1993 in conjunction with the United Nations’ International Decade of Indigenous Peoples. Since then, the Awards have represented the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its achievers in all disciplines. The Indspire Awards provide inspirational role models for Indigenous youth and informs Canadians about the rich contributions First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to their communities and Canada.
About the Victor Walk:
The Victor Walk is an initiative started by Theo Fleury to bring more awareness to the horrors of child sexual abuse. In May 2013, Fleury will be walking from the Child Abuse Monument in Toronto to the steps of Parliament in Ottawa. The Victor Walk aims to raise awareness to child sexual abuse, and promote healing and recovery from its devastating affects.