Our-Story.ca writing and art competition for Aboriginal youth deadline of March 31

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Aboriginal Arts & Stories

Aboriginal Arts & Stories

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 Drew Hayden Taylor, contributed a short fictional story about a defining moment in Aboriginal history. The program quickly became the largest and most recognizable creative writing competition in Canada for Aboriginal youth.

In 2010, Historica Canada (formerly The Historica-Dominion Institute) announced the expansion of the program into arts, making the competition available to a new audience of Aboriginal youth - those who are not writers, but instead express themselves through painting, drawing and photography. We believe that the expanded program gives start to the next generation of both great Aboriginal authors and artists. Aboriginal Arts & Stories has earned large scale support from the Aboriginal arts and literary community, including those that comprise the patrons and advisory committee. Close to 2,000 emerging Aboriginal writers and artists from every province and territory in Canada have participated in the contest since 2005.

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. Our mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. For more information, visit HistoricaCanada.ca.

We would like to thank the ongoing support of our presenting sponsor Enbridge Inc. and our supporting sponsors: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Canada's History magazine, The Walrus and Aboriginal Link.

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Competition Guidelines

This year's deadline is March 31, 2014. The contest is open to Canadians of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Inuit and M├ętis) between the ages of 14-29.

New this year: our competition is open to emerging writers and artists between the ages of 11-13!

Create a writing or art piece that explores a moment or theme in Aboriginal history or culture.

A 200-400 word Artist's or Author's Statement that explains how your piece reflects or interprets the moment or theme you selected must accompany your entry into the Aboriginal Arts & Stories competition.

You may enter online with your desktop computer, or by e-mail, mail or fax.

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Aboriginal Arts & Stories

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Tel: 1.866.701.1867
Fax: 416.506.0300

Aboriginal Arts & Stories
2 Carlton Street, East Mezzanine
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3