Indigenous Arts & Stories competition Deadline March 31 2019

Indigenous Arts & Stories competition-Deadline

“…Ready to enter the Indigenous Arts & Stories competition online? Great! The deadline for entry is March 31. The contest is open to Canadians of Indigenous ancestry (self-identified Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 6 and 29.
You may enter online or by mail…”
http://www.our-story.ca/submit/

“… Indigenous Arts & Stories
Indigenous Arts & Stories (formerly the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge) was born in 2005 out of the success of Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past published by Doubleday Canada in which nine leading Indigenous authors from across the country, including Tantoo Cardinal, Tom King and Drew Hayden Taylor, contributed a short fictional story about a defining moment in Indigenous history. The program quickly became the largest and most recognizable creative writing competition in Canada for Indigenous youth.
In 2010, Historica Canada (formerly The Historica-Dominion Institute) announced the expansion of the program into arts, making the competition available to a new audience of Indigenous youth – those who are not writers, but instead express themselves through painting, drawing and photography. We believe that the expanded program gives start to the next generation of both great Indigenous authors and artists. Indigenous Arts & Stories has earned large scale support from the Indigenous arts and literary community, including those that comprise the patrons and advisory committee. More than 3,000 emerging Indigenous writers and artists from every province and territory in Canada have participated in the contest since 2005.
The program is organized by Historica Canada, the largest independent organization devoted to enhancing awareness of Canadian history and citizenship. For more information, visit http://HistoricaCanada.ca. …”
http://www.our-story.ca/about/
“…Prêts pour enregistrer pour Arts et récits autochtones en ligne? Fantastique!
La date limite est le 31 mars. Le concours est ouvert aux Canadiens d’origine autochtone (auto-identifient, inscrit, non inscrit, Inuit ou Métis) et être âgé entre 6 et 29 ans…..”
http://www.notre-histoire.ca/soumettez

“…Arts & récits autochtones (anciennement le Concours de rédaction et d’arts pour autochtones) est né en 2005 du succès de Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past, publié par DoubleDay Canada.
Dans cet ouvrage, neuf grands auteurs autochtones provenant de partout au pays, dont Tantoo Cardinal, Tom King et Drew Hayden Taylor, ont rédigé une nouvelle sur un épisode déterminant de l’histoire autochtone. Depuis lors, le concours est devenu l’épreuve de rédaction la plus importante et la plus identifiable qui soit destinée à la jeunesse autochtone du Canada. Il a obtenu l’appui à grande échelle des membres des milieux artistiques et littéraires autochtones, dont les membres d’honneur et du comité consultatif. Depuis 2005, plus de 3 000 écrivains et artistes autochtones émergents de tous les territoires et les provinces du Canada ont participé au concours.
En 2010, Historica Canada (anciennement l’Institut Historica-Dominion) a annoncé l’expansion de ce concours. Cette expansion rend le concours accessible à un nouvel auditoire de jeunes Autochtones : ceux qui, au lieu d’écrire, s’expriment par la peinture, par le dessin et par la photographie. Nous croyons que l’enrichissement du concours donne naissance à une nouvelle génération de grands auteurs et de grands artistes autochtones.
Le programme est organisé par Historica Canada, le principal organisme indépendant dont la mission consiste à mieux sensibiliser la population à l’histoire et à la citoyenneté canadiennes. Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez consulter le site à l’adresse HistoricaCanada.ca….”
http://www.notre-histoire.ca/apropos

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Income Outcome By Miranda Currie

Income Outcome By Miranda Currie
January 2012  NWT MLA Bob Bromley read this poem in  the Legegislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2272
Fax: 867-873-0276
bob_bromley@gov.nt.ca
MR. BROMLEY in NWT’s Hansard of March 12, 2013
“…I’d like to turn to the main focus of my comments today, and I’d like to begin by acknowledging again, Ms. Miranda Currie, who’s in the gallery today. Thanks for coming out, Miranda. I’d like to read a poem that Ms. Currie has written to describe her experiences in seeking disability income support, and it’s obviously germane because of the Auditor General’s focus, and I know the Minister is focusing on this situation right now as well. Once again, thanks to Miranda for graciously sharing her personal story through the art of this poetry.
But, first, a little bit of background. Ms. Currie suffered a very serious head injury in an accident in November 2011. She later suffered multiple injuries again, head injuries, as a result of the ill effects of her original injury. To this day, she is continuing to strive to regain her health. She’s a very spunky person and I know she will achieve that. However, she has been unable to carry on her daily life in a normal way. She has been in and out of hospitals and has received extensive neurological treatment since then, and she does suffer impairment of her speech and many motor skills. Miranda was self- employed before the accident, and she must now rely on public income support to meet her basic subsistence needs. She lives very modestly. Her ordeal with income security has hardly been a positive contribution in her effort to regain her health, and that’s the topic today.
Just a few of the difficulties that she has experienced in trying to access income assistance include:
• A case worker refusal to provide accommodation assistance based on the subjective judgement that she lives in substandard housing.
• Receipts to document her rental, electrical and fuel costs were obtained with great physical difficulties and expense and visiting offices to obtain stamped and certified copies.
• Income assistance staff say they have lost the receipts she has supplied to their offices. This has happened four times. Imagine if you were saddled with this situation.
• Despite severe mobility problems and risk of re-injury, she has repeatedly been told she must come to the income assistance office for interviews, which could easily be conducted over the phone.
• She has been refused reimbursement of costs for loans received from friends in the interim to pay her fuel, power and living costs, and given the explanation that those are considered gifts. Nice of them to make that decision on behalf of her friends.
• Treatment that lacks compassion and sensitivity to the realities of her situation, again, not a single instance, such as a caseworker hanging up on her after saying I’ll see you tomorrow when Ms. Currie has said she is physically unable to attend appointments due to the effects of her injuries.
• And, finally, a late payment of support have at times left her huddled in her bed to stay warm, unable to pay oil bills and living in a home well below zero. We know what this winter has been like.
That’s enough background. Her words really do speak for themselves, and once again, I want to express my appreciation to Miranda Currie for her willingness to share this very personal story…” From –
http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/_live/documents/content/hn130312.pdf
See also
Poverty and social services in the NWT on the eve of devolution
By George Lessard| March 8, 2013

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