ABORIGINAL ARTS & STORIES
Celebrating Canada’s talented young Indigenous writers and artists.
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.