Bartleman Awards Honour Aboriginal Youth
Province of Ontario Recognizes Talented Young Writers
An illustrated journal describing his move from his First Nations community in Manitoba to Toronto helped Christian Scriver win one of six James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards.
The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award gives Aboriginal youth an opportunity to showcase their creative writing abilities. Some of the winning entries included stories about gay youth, family relationships and a young teen's admiration for his father.
The award recipients are:
- Cote Monias, age 11, from Ogoki Post
- Christian Scriver, age 10, from Toronto
- Fawn Thompson, age 13, from Tyendinaga (near Belleville)
- Nancy King, age 16, from Rama (near Orillia)
- Mavis Oskineegish, age 15, from Wunnumin Lake
- Colin Quin, age 16, from Toronto.
- The Honourable James K. Bartleman was Ontario's first Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor. Between 2002-2007, he implemented four literacy initiatives for Aboriginal youth across Ontario
“These stories and poems from these young writers are wonderfully creative; I am delighted to celebrate their accomplishments.”
The Honourable David C. Onley
“The written word can allow you to travel to distant places and experience new worlds. I am proud that these recipients are accomplished storytellers and writers at a young age.”
The Honourable James K. Bartleman
“I am constantly amazed by the talent and creativity of Ontario's young people. These young writers express their thoughts so beautifully and eloquently.”
“More than 300 young Aboriginal writers submitted stories and poems to this competition and this is a wonderful reflection on the popularity of this award. I hope that young Aboriginal writers will continue to create and express themselves.”