ABO­RIG­I­NAL ARTS & STO­RIES

Cel­e­brat­ing Canada’s tal­ented young In­dige­nous writ­ers and artists.

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Abo­rig­i­nal Arts & Sto­ries was born in 2005 out of the suc­cess of Our Story: Abo­rig­i­nal Voices on Canada’s Past, a book fea­tur­ing nine short sto­ries about a defin­ing mo­ment in In­dige­nous his­tory, writ­ten by lead­ing In­dige­nous au­thors from across Canada.

Since then, the pro­gram has be­come the largest and most rec­og­niz­able cre­ative writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Canada for In­dige­nous youth. In 2010, His­tor­ica Canada ex­panded the pro­gram to in­clude the vis­ual arts.

Abo­rig­i­nal Arts & Sto­ries in­vites First Na­tions, Métis, and Inuit youth (ages 9–29) to in­ter­pret an as­pect of their cul­ture and her­itage through lit­er­ary and vis­ual arts for a chance to earn prizes and na­tional recog­ni­tion. A jury of ac­com­plished In­dige­nous au­thors, artists, and com­mu­nity lead­ers se­lects the win­ning sub­mis­sions.

Since its in­cep­tion, more than 3,100 emerg­ing writ­ers and artists from ev­ery prov­ince and ter­ri­tory have par­tic­i­pated in the con­test, which is or­ga­nized by His­tor­ica Canada, an in­de­pen­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to en­hanc­ing aware­ness of Cana­dian his­tory and ci­ti­zen­ship.

The goal of Abo­rig­i­nal Arts & Sto­ries is to en­cour­age the next gen­er­a­tion of great In­dige­nous au­thors and artists to share their voices and sto­ries with the na­tion.

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