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Ontario Announces Recipients of the James Bartleman Award

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Ontario Announces Recipients of the James Bartleman Award

Province Celebrates Six Talented Young Aboriginal Writers

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is honouring the creativity of six young Aboriginal writers from across the province with the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award.

The award celebrates creative writing and provides Aboriginal youth the opportunity to showcase their exceptional abilities. The 2013 award recipients are:

  • Wenzdae Brewster, for her short story about two young boys who are exploring their identities.
  • Janna Kakegamic, for her story about Thunderbirds.
  • Cedar Moonias, for her song about dancing as her personal way to create memories.
  • Kole Nelson, for his anti-bullying rap song.
  • Melanie Porte, for her suspenseful screenplay about a young woman's disappearance.
  • Emily Workman, for her poem about a fox and a skunk.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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“I would like to congratulate the six young recipients of this year’s Bartleman Award, in recognition of their creative writing. Having read some of their work, I was struck by their passion, unique motivation and their natural talent.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“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

“I’m impressed by the outstanding work of this talented group of young people. The Bartleman Award is a great opportunity for young Aboriginal writers to be recognized for their literary abilities. I hope this recognition inspires them to keep on writing.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“Congratulations to this year’s recipients and to everyone who entered. I hope their creative talent inspires other young Aboriginal storytellers to take up their pens and share their hopes and dreams.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

Media Contacts

  • Tom Connelly

    Office of the Lieutenant Governor




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