Contest celebrates aboriginal heritage

Alexandra Stang
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Laura Tanner was one of two finalists from Saskatchewan in the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge. The Historica-Dominion Institute said the number of submissions to the contest increases about 10 to 15 per cent each year. Submitted photo.

Young aboriginals from across Canada are encouraged to tell stories of their heritage through writing and visual art.

The seventh annual Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge, an initiative of the Historica-Dominion Institute, is underway.

The challenge was originally introduced as a writing competition following the success of a collection of short stories by leading aboriginal authors called Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past. Now in its seventh year, the organizers have added a second category: arts.

“How you interpret a moment in art is much different than you do in writing,” said Jeremy Diamond, director of development and programs for the Historica-Dominion Institute.

He said they wanted to give people a different way to tell a story about a defining moment in aboriginal history.

For the full story see Friday's Herald.

Organizations: Historica-Dominion Institute, Canadian Aboriginal Writing

Geographic location: Canada

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