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SEPT 25, 2012


THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic congratulated the aboriginal youth today who were awarded the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award.

The province honoured the creativity of six young Aboriginal writers from across the province with the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award today.

The awards give Aboriginal youth an opportunity to showcase their creative writing abilities. This year's successful entries include poems that address the damaging effects of bullying, isolation and the legacy of residential schools.

The 2012 award recipients are: Kiara Lynn Bird of Naotkamewanning First Nations; Rachel Bluecoat of Fort Severn; Justine Kennedy of Waterloo; Chelsea Roberta McKay of Wunnumin Lake; Calista Mawakeesic of Sioux Lookout and Carlene Evangeline Genevieve Wiitala of Cutler.

“Our youth have so much potential and creativity and given the opportunity, they can shine,” said Deputy Grand Chief Kakegamic. “On behalf of the NAN Executive and the Chiefs of NAN, I would like to extend our congratulations to these amazing young people.”

This year, more than 250 entries were received and since its creation in 2008, the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards have been given to 30 Aboriginal youth. Winners receive a $2,500 cash prize.

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