First Peoples student contest

 

 

Blue Metropolis Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the second edition of the First Peoples Essay Writing Competition.
This year, nine Canadian universities, both French- and English-language institutions, from 5 provinces, took part in the competition. Participating students submitted a number of powerful essays on such topics as prejudice, discrimination, responsibility and hope.
The aim of this competition is to encourage university students to develop critical and innovative thinking, as well as to foster interest in Indigenous peoples and in related issues in Canada. It is based on Blue Metropolis Foundation’s core values, which include cultural and linguistic diversity, quality, and social inclusion, in addition to encouraging reading among young people. The two student winners of this edition of the competition reflected these values in a remarkable way, in writing essays inspired by an excerpt from a recently published literary work by a winner of the First Peoples Prize.

 

2019 WINNER, STUDENT PRIZE FOR AN ESSSAY WRITTEN IN FRENCH

Coline Souilhol, a graduate student in Médias et Récits autochtones, at the Université de Montréal, for her essay titled La responsabilité du conteur d’histoire face aux perceptions historiques, inspired by an excerpt from Permettez-moi de vous distraire (Let Me Entertain You), by Thomas King, winner of the 2016 First Peoples Literary Prize.
Coline Souilhol will present a reading of her essay during an event to be held at Blue Metropolis Festival, “Les souffrances des uns, la parole des autres : Qui les dira sans trahir?”, at the McCord Museum, Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2 p.m.
To read the winning essay, please click here.

 

2019 WINNER, STUDENT PRIZE FOR AN ESSSAY WRITTEN IN ENGLISH

Matthew John Micheal LeBlanc, who is studying Nursing at the University of New Brunswick, for his essay titled Understanding the Indian Condition, inspired by an excerpt from Heart Berries, by Terese Marie Mailhot, winner of the 2019 First Peoples Literary Prize.
Matthew LeBlanc will present a reading of his essay during the First Peoples Prize award ceremony, Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 1 p.m., Espace Godin at Hotel 10.
To read the winning essay, please click here.

 

WINNER OF THE 2019 FIRST PEOPLES LITERARY PRIZE

Terese Marie Mailhot, of the Seabird Island Indian Band of British Columbia, receives the 2019 First Peoples Literary Prize for her memoir Heart Berries, a New York Times bestseller.

 

 

THE FIRST PEOPLES LITERARY PRIZE AT A GLANCE

In 2019, Blue Metropolis is celebrating the 5th edition of its First Peoples Literary Prize. This prize is made possible by generous contributions from the McConnell Foundation (principal supporter), the Cole Foundation, the Chadha Family Foundation, the Zeller Family Foundation, Concordia University and Blue Metropolis Foundation.

Previous winners of this prize are Marie Annharte Baker (2015), Thomas King (2016), David Treuer (2017) and Lee Maracle (2018).

If you teach Indigenous Studies or Indigenous Literature and would like to find out how your university can participate in the next edition of the prize, please contact:

Frédérick.gaudin-laurin@metropolisbleu.org