GATINEAU, QUEBEC – June 3, 2014 – Aboriginal leaders, youth, authors, artists and members from local communities gathered at the Canadian Museum of History today to honour the winners of the 2014 Aboriginal Arts & Stories contest, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program.
Presented by Enbridge Inc., Aboriginal Arts & Stories is a national initiative of Historica Canada. Winners were selected from more than 400 submissions from across Canada. First place writing awards went to Aviaq Johnston (21) of Iqaluit, Nunavut for her piece titled ‘Tarnikuluk’, and Andrea Lanouette (16), of Surrey, British Columbia, for her piece titled ‘Tears’. First place arts awards went to Nicole Paul (22) of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan for ‘Keeper of the Voice’ (left image), and Mercedes Sandy (18), of Christian Island, Ontario, for her ‘Queen Over Democracy’ collage (right image). Furthermore, this year, the program introduced the Enbridge Emerging Writer and Emerging Artist category for youth between 11 and 13 years of age.
Hosted by Nathaniel Arcand – well-known Aboriginal actor – the reception was attended by esteemed writers and artists from the Aboriginal Arts & Stories jury, including Drew Harden Taylor, Lee Maracle, Brian Maracle, Maxine Noel and John Kim Bell. The event also featured an exciting retrospective video showcasing talented winners from past years, accompanied by a special 10th Anniversary booklet created through a partnership with Historica Canada, the Walrus Foundation, and Enbridge, Inc. The booklet will be featured in the print and tablet editions of the September issue of The Walrus magazine, as well as the August/September issue of Canada’s History magazine.
“The submissions from young Aboriginal artists and storytellers over the past decade have given all Canadians a new window into the cultures and traditions they observe and describe,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada. “They enrich us all and do honour to their past and our shared present.”
"Enbridge continues to take pride in its partnership with Historica Canada, and we are particularly excited to be celebrating ten years of Aboriginal Arts & Stories,” says D’Arcy Levesque, Vice President, Enterprise Communications, Brand and Community Partners, Enbridge Inc. “The cultural energy of the young, talented and promising writers and artists recognized in Aboriginal Arts & Stories illuminates different perspectives, world-views and ways of thinking. Their work makes us see the world in a new way. That’s what art does and that’s what the winners have achieved with their vision, talent and hard work.”
Aboriginal Arts & Stories invites First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth to interpret an aspect of their culture and heritage through literary and visual arts for a chance to win prizes and national recognition. Some 420 submissions were juried by a panel of writers and artists, including Lee Maracle, John Kim Bell, Maxine Noel, Christi Belcourt, Ryan Rice and Drew Hayden Taylor. Winner profiles at www.our-story.ca.
Presented by Enbridge Inc., the contest is a program of Historica Canada. Supporting sponsors include, TD Bank Group, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Canada’s History magazine. Media Sponsors include The Walrus and Aboriginal Link.
Historica Canada is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Visit www.HistoricaCanada.ca.