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2015 Kayak Kids' History Challenge Winners

Claire Sie (English category) and Lou Savard (French category).

Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge is one of three complementary awards presented at the Governor General's History Award ceremonies to honour student achievement.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients!

English winner:

Eamon Sawada-Tse, Port Coquitlam, BC
The Gold Rushes of British Columbia

Eamon recounts the adventures of prospectors searching for gold in British Columbia through a humorous comic strip.

French winner:

Solène Fortin, LaSalle, QC
La rue Jean Talon

Solène's story features a young girl who gives her mother a history lesson on the way to dance class.

Read stories from the 2016 finalists

About the award


To help strengthen both literacy skills and Canadian historical knowledge by encouraging Canadian kids between the ages of 7–14 to create their own illustrated story based on any element of Canada’s past they find of interest.

Children should be encouraged to write an original story based on any aspect of Canadian history and heritage. Stories should be between 500–1200 words in length and should include 1–3 illustrations or archival photographs to accompany the story. Comic Strip formats are eligible; students should keep in mind a 5-page comic typically entails 500 words. Stories can be written in either English or French.


The top two entries (one French and one English) will receive:

  • a $1000 RESP, generously provided by TD Bank;
  • an all-expense paid trip for 2 to Ottawa, where they’ll meet the Governor General at Rideau Hall, tour the Parliament buildings, and visit some of our national museums; and
  • a gold medal awarded by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston at a special ceremony at Rideau Hall.

The top 25 entries will receive:

  • a complimentary subscription to Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids
  • Plus: they’ll have their work published online at

All participants will receive:

  • a special certificate commending them on their participation.


Stories will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the following basis:

  1. Creativity and originality
  2. Content and story composition
  3. Grammar, spelling and quality of writing
  4. Use of illustrations to support the story

How to enter

Students can submit their entries online, via email, or by snail mail. Click here for all the information on how to submit an entry.


Feel free to provide either of these two templates to your students to help them plot their story depending on the type that they want to write: a Graphic Comic or an Illustrated Story. These pages do not have to be followed to the letter, they are merely a guide to how illustrated stories and comics can be laid out.

Take a look at our past entries for more ideas and inspiration!

Visit to read the complete rules and criteria, and to submit entries online. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at

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