THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 30, 2013 -- Ontario is honouring the creativity of six young Aboriginal writers from across the province with the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award.
"I’m inspired when I see how the award celebrates creative writing from youth of all backgrounds and abilities. These six writers have been encouraged and are embracing writing about subjects that inspire them. By doing so they have found their literary voices and begun personal storytelling journeys."
— The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
The award celebrates creative writing and provides Aboriginal youth the opportunity to showcase their exceptional abilities. The 2013 award recipients are:
Wenzdae Brewster, 14 Toronto, 1for her short story about two young boys who are exploring their identities.
Janna Kakegamic,15 Kingfisher Lake, for her story about Thunderbirds.
Cedar Moonias,11 Ogoki Post, for her song about dancing as her personal way to create memories.
Kole Nelson, 11, Windsor, for his anti-bullying rap song.
Melanie Porte,18, Christian Island, for her suspenseful screenplay about a young woman's disappearance.
Emily Workman,12, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, for her poem about a fox and a skunk.
Since its creation in 2008, 36 Aboriginal youth have been honoured with a James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award.
Nominations are now open for next year’s awards. The closing date for submissions is May 31, 2014.
Eligible participants must be 18 years of age or younger at the time they submitted an entry, enrolled in an Ontario school, self-identify as an Aboriginal person, and a permanent resident of Ontario.
The Honourable James K. Bartleman was Ontario’s first Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor. He implemented four literacy initiatives for Aboriginal youth across Ontario during his time in office.
Wenzdae Brewster: Toronto, 14
Janna Kakegamic: Kingfisher Lake, 15
Cedar Moonias: Ogoki Post, 11
Kole Nelson: 11, Windsor, 11
Melanie Porte: 18, Christian Island, 18
Emily Workman:12, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, 12