Aboriginal Arts & Stories, Canada’s largest art and writing contest for indigenous youth, offers new opportunities this year

February 2, 2016

Aboriginal Arts & Stories is pleased to announce several new features and prizes for the 2015/2016 contest year.

TORONTO – February 2, 2016 Aboriginal Arts & Stories is pleased to announce several new features and prizes for the 2015/2016 contest year.


Aboriginal Arts & Stories is launching a feature category for the 2015/2016 year. Each year we receive entries that address the history and legacy of residential schools. This year we would like to highlight these entries by offering two additional prizes for entries that address the theme of residential schools. How has the legacy affected the lives of Indigenous youth? How would they like to see the legacy of residential schools memorialized in their community or across Canada? We are encouraging youth to submit poems, stories, plays, 2D art, plans for a memorial site, the designs of a statue or monument, fictional biographies, autobiographies, and more.


The program has partnered with The Banff Centre, to provide the Senior Writing winner (age 19-29) with a week-long writer’s residency at The Banff Centre, in addition to the other prizes available.

Our Senior Arts winner will win an all-expenses paid trip to Toronto courtesy of the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University, and an OCADU experience.


The age range for the contest has expanded this year – youth ages 9 and 10 can now submit their work.  A Youth Choice award has also been introduced, that will ask past finalists of the contest to pick a Youth Choice Winner from the top 10 finalists of each category of the contest.


With the addition of these new prizes and features, we are hoping to receive record numbers of submissions to the Aboriginal Arts & Stories contest, and look forward to supporting and publicizing the stories and visions of indigenous youth from across Canada.


Aboriginal Arts & Stories invites First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists (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 Aboriginal authors, artists, and community leaders select the winning submissions. The deadline for the contest is March 31, 2016.


Presented by Enbridge Inc., supporting sponsors include Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, TD Bank, Canada’s History, The Banff Centre, The Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University, and Aboriginal Link.


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For more information:                                                             

Andrea Hall                                                                   Rebecca Benson

Communications Coordinator                                         Program Coordinator

Historica Canada                                                           Historica Canada

1.866.701.1867  x 261                                                    1.866.701.1867 x 247

ahall@HistoricaCanada.ca                                            rbenson@HistoricaCanada.ca