Student Contest

 

 

 

 

For the second time since its creation the Student Essay-Writing Competition invites universities from across Canada that have dedicated programs in First Peoples Studies and/or First Peoples Literature to enlist their students to write an engaged essay inspired by a short excerpt from a recent book by the winner of the 2019 Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Prize.

The winner of the student contest will be awarded $1,000. The winning text will be read at the award ceremony and be promoted through the Festival’s platforms. The university where the prize-winning student is enrolled will also receive $1,000 for its First Peoples Studies or First Peoples Literature program.

In line with our core values, which include cultural and linguistic diversity, quality, and social inclusion, as well as the promotion of reading among young people, this contest aims to engage and encourage university students to think critically and to foster interest in Indigenous culture and issues among Canadians.

If you teach in First Peoples Studies or First Peoples Literature and want to find out how your university can participate, please contact:

Maria Turner at maria.turner@bluemetropolis.org for the English-language competition or

Frédérick Gaudin-Laurin at frederick.gaudin-laurin@metropolisbleu.org for the French-language competition.







2018 WINNER, STUDENT AWARD FOR ESSAY WRITING

Melanie Mercer, First Nations Studies undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University, for her essay “Dearest Canada: A Letter from your Daughter,” in response to an excerpt from Lee Maracle’s My Conversation with Canadians.

To read the 2018 winning essay, please click here








HOST OF THE 2018 AWARD CEREMONY

Moe Clark, Métis artist and spoken-word poet.







OVERVIEW OF THE FIRST PEOPLES LITERARY PRIZE

In 2019, Blue Metropolis will celebrate the fifth year of its First Peoples Literary Prize, an award made possible by generous contributions from the McConnell Family Foundation (principal supporters), the Chadha Family Foundation, and Blue Metropolis Foundation.

 

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