Toronto – June 6, 2011 – Aboriginal leaders, youth, esteemed authors, artists and members of the community gathered at the Design Exchange today to celebrate the winners of The Historica-Dominion Institute’s 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge.
Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden was Master of Ceremonies, joined by special guests Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, Lee Maracle, Drew Hayden Taylor and John Kim Bell. Writing Challenge winners were Candace Toma (14) from Natuashish, NL and Alyssa Megan General (23) of Ohsweken, ON. Arts Challenge winners were 17-year old Taylor Thom from Gift Lake, AB, and 26-year old Joseph Tisiga, from Whitehorse, YT. Winner profiles at www.our-story.ca.
“This year proved to be a phenomenal one in terms of how many young First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people took up the Challenge. This baby continues to grow, and the passion of the voices of our country's First Peoples can't be denied. I'm honoured to be a part of it.”– Joseph Boyden.
“We are thrilled with the remarkably talented collection of artists and writers who have participated this year. The Institute is excited to celebrate these stories and storytellers.”— Jeremy Diamond, Historica-Dominion Institute Director.
The reception featured a special performance by a group of Toronto-area pow wow dancers and an exhibition of winning artwork. An extended exhibition will take place at the Artscape Wychwood Barns from June 13th to the 25th.
"Enbridge continues to take pride in its partnership with The Historica-Dominion Institute for the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge" said D’Arcy Levesque, Vice President, Public and Government Affairs, Enbridge Inc. "Through writing, and now, through the visual arts, young Aboriginal Canadians are sharing their stories and experiences with the rest of Canada, allowing for a better understanding of the Aboriginal culture.”
The 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge is presented by Enbridge Inc. Supporting sponsors include Vale, TD Bank Financial Group, Imperial Oil, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Canada Council for the Arts and Canada’s History magazine. Media sponsors include Aboriginal Link and Blackstone.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest independent organization dedicated to history and citizenship in Canada. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
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