Creative Art Contest

Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and Treaty Education Nova Scotia announce a creative art contest

As part of the ongoing mandate of Treaty Education Nova Scotia, and in celebration of Mi’kmaw History Month we would like to announce a contest that inspires students across Nova Scotia to contribute to the development of future resources for Treaty Education.

Treaty Education is currently in the process of developing resources for students in grades K-6. We are asking students to share their creative ideas about our Treaty relationship by submitting either stories, original art work, and poems or songs that help us teach about the following:

· Who are the Mi’kmaw?

· The importance of Treaties?

· What happened to the Treaty relationship?

· How do we promote reconciliation?

“We challenge the youth of today to help create resources for the next generation”, said Jaime Battiste, Treaty Education Lead. “We invite teachers to help inspire their students to be creative and we have assembled a great team of Mi’kmaw poets, artists and song writers to sit on the review panel.”

The Treaty Education Implementation Committee will be working with Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas and national award winning artist Gerald Gloade in selecting successful applicants.

More than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded, with grand-prize winners in each of the categories receiving $1,000.00 and their submission being published as part of the Treaty Education Resources that will be utilized in classrooms across Nova Scotia in the future.

Chief Leroy Denny of Eskasoni stated “We are happy to give our youth a chance to help create the resources for Treaty Education. Our youth continue to amaze me with their talents and I know their participation in this initiative will be inspirational and educational.”

The deadline for submissions will be Nov 1st at midnight. The contest is open to all students attending school within Nova Scotia, including the Mi’kmaw Community schools.