Cre­ative Voices

Cel­e­brat­ing the win­ners of the In­dige­nous Arts & Sto­ries com­pe­ti­tion.

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Cana­di­ans are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­scious of the im­por­tance of hear­ing and re­spect­ing In­dige­nous voices, and young peo­ple of­fer unique per­spec­tives on in­ter­pret­ing their her­itage and con­tem­po­rary In­dige­nous iden­tity. His­tor­ica Canada’s In­dige­nous Arts & Sto­ries pro­gram aims to pro­vide youth with a plat­form to share their sto­ries, vi­sions, and ideas.

In­dige­nous Arts & Sto­ries en­cour­ages First Na­tions, Métis, and Inuit youth from across the coun­try to sub­mit cre­ative writ­ing or art ex­plor­ing a mo­ment or a theme in their his­tory, cul­ture, or iden­tity.

In the fif­teen years since the pro­gram be­gan, In­dige­nous Arts & Sto­ries has evolved into the largest and most rec­og­nized art and cre­ative writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion for In­dige­nous youth in Canada, with more than 4,200 young peo­ple, be­tween the ages of six and twenty-nine, shar­ing their cre­ativ­ity.

A jury of no­table In­dige­nous artists, writ­ers, and com­mu­nity lead­ers se­lects the win­ners.

In giv­ing In­dige­nous youth a plat­form to cel­e­brate their her­itage and to re­al­ize their cre­ative po­ten­tial, we are re­minded of the abil­ity of art and writ­ing both to em­power In­dige­nous youth and to ed­u­cate all Cana­di­ans.

Sup­port­ing youth as they ex­plore their voices through art and writ­ing is vi­tal to the con­tin­ued sur­vival and re­vival of In­dige­nous cul­tural her­itage.

It is also an in­te­gral part of our coun­try’s shared rec­on­cil­i­a­tion jour­ney.

In­dige­nous Arts & Sto­ries aims to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of In­dige­nous artists and writ­ers to share their voices and sto­ries with the na­tion.

This year’s win­ners come from across the coun­try and re­flect the di­verse ex­pe­ri­ences of our par­tic­i­pants.

In the writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion, the win­ners were: se­nior cat­e­gory, Shelby Lisk, Belleville, On­tario (Tyen­d­i­naga Mo­hawk Ter­ri­tory); ju­nior cat­e­gory, Leah Bap­tiste, Brooks, Al­berta (De­line, North­west Ter­ri­to­ries); and in the emerg­ing cat­e­gory, Me­gan Tiessen, Sum­mer­land, Bri­tish Columbia (Ojib­way), and Bryan Bruno, Ed­mon­ton (Maskwacis, Al­berta).

In the arts com­pe­ti­tion, the win­ners were: se­nior cat­e­gory, Jared Boech­ler, Saska­toon (Métis); ju­nior cat­e­gory Te­hat­sis­ta­hawi Kennedy, Lon­don, On­tario (Beau­soleil First Na­tion); emerg­ing cat­e­gory, Jaelie Young, Cal­gary (Tahltan), and Tyson Moxam-Gos­selin and Tris­tan Med­wid, Win­nipeg.

To read the win­ners’ full writ­ing pieces and to learn more about the artists, visit Our-Story.ca, where you can also ex­plore work by past win­ners and fi­nal­ists.

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