The Historica-Dominion Institute, the largest independent organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship, is calling on Aboriginal youth between the ages of 14-29 to explore a moment or theme in Aboriginal history through the literary and visual arts. The Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge is celebrating seven years of the Writing Challenge and the first year of the new expansion to Arts. Participants have a chance to earn national recognition and win cash prizes and a trip for two to a Canadian city for a special Awards Ceremony attended by Aboriginal leaders, writers and artists.
“The Institute encourages young emerging Aboriginal artists from coast to coast to coast to participate in the new expanded Challenge this year, ” says Jeremy Diamond, Managing Director of The Historica-Dominion Institute’s National Office. “We anticipate receiving wonderful and creative submissions, in both writing and arts, and celebrating Aboriginal achievement once again!”
Deadline for submissions is March 31st. The stories and artwork will be assessed by two impressive juries made up of some of Canada’s most celebrated Aboriginal leaders, writers and artists.
The Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge was born in 2005 out of the success of Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past published by Doubleday Canada in which nine leading Aboriginal authors from across the country, contributed a short fictional story about a defining moment in Aboriginal history. Since then, the Challenge has quickly become the largest and most recognizable essay writing competition in Canada for Aboriginal youth and has earned large scale support from the Aboriginal Arts and Literary community. More than 1,000 emerging Aboriginal writers from every province and territory in Canada have submitted essays to the Challenge since 2005. Click on the Winners Gallery to read the past winners’ stories and follow along with this year’s Challenge here on Facebook.