Madeleine Redfern Wins Indspire Award for Public Service

Madeleine Redfern, a graduate of the Akitsiraq Law Program, was recognized for her commitment to public service at the 2015 Indspire Awards held in Calgary on February 27.

Redfern was among 14 Indigenous Canadians who were selected as recipients of the prestigious award series – widely recognized as the “highest honour bestowed by Indigenous people on their own achievers.”

Indspire is an Indigenous-led charity that is the largest non-governmental funder of Indigenous education in Canada. The organization has been recognizing the contributions of Indigenous people for 22 years.

According to the Indspire website, the awards “recognize the success of individuals who have the discipline, drive, and determination to set high standards and accomplish their goals. They promote self-esteem and pride for the Indigenous community and provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth.”

Redfern was the first Inuit clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada following her graduation from law school. While on her clerkship, she researched law and legislation for Madam Justice Charron. In 2010, she became the Mayor of Iqaluit and served for two years.

Redfern is currently the President of Ajungi Arctic Consulting and Chair of the Legal Services Board. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member with Canadian Lawyers Abroad, as a recent mentor with the Trudeau Foundation, and as a Northern Representative to EcoJustice Canada.

The award recipients were originally announced by The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons, who later hosted a reception in their honour.

Find out more information on the 2015 Indspire Awards.