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Megan Benoit (Art Winner–14-18)

Age 17
Surrey, British Columbia
Métis/Cree

Kecia Cook (Art Winner–19-29)

Age 23
Regina, Saskatchewan
Misipawistik Cree Nation

Cyan-Raven Gielewksa (Writing Winner–14-18)

Age 14
Kitchener, Ontario
Métis

Joshua Whitehead (Writing Winner–19-29)

Age 26
Calgary, Alberta
Peguis First Nation

David Anauta (Enbridge Emerging Writer)

Age 9
Akulivik, Quebec
Inuit

Kane Pendry (Enbridge Emerging Artist)

Age 13
Edmonton, Alberta
Métis Nation of Alberta

Aboriginal Arts & Stories


2016 Awards

Historica Canada is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Aboriginal Arts & Stories contest! Click on the links below to view their award-winning submissions.

Junior Art Category

Megan Benoit, 17
Surrey, BC
Métis/Cree

Senior Art Category

Kecia Cook, 23
Regina, SK
Misipawistik Cree Nation

Junior Writing Category

Cyan-Raven Gielewska, 14
Kitchener, ON
Métis

Senior Writing Category

Joshua Whitehead, 26
Calgary, AB
Peguis First Nation

Enbridge Emerging Writer

David Anauta, 9
Akulivik, QC
Inuit

Enbridge Emerging Artist

Kane Pendry, 13
Edmonton, Alberta
Métis Nation of Alberta

About the award

Aboriginal Arts & Stories (formerly the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts 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, including Tantoo Cardinal, Tom King and Tomson Highway, contributed a short fictional story about a defining moment in Aboriginal history. Since then, it has quickly become the largest and most recognizable essay writing competition in Canada for Aboriginal youth. It has earned large scale support from Aboriginal Arts and Literary community, including those that comprise the Patrons and Advisory committee. More than 2,000 emerging Aboriginal writers from every province and territory in Canada have submitted essays to the Challenge since 2005. In 2010-11, an arts component was added to provide an opportunity for Aboriginal youth to express themseleves through painting, drawing, or photography.

The program is organized by Historica Canada, a national charitable organization that was launched in September 2009 through the amalgamation of two existing organizations: The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute. Their mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.

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