News for Thursday, October 21, 2010

Anne Ray Native Intern is Finalist in Writing Contest

Gloria BellGloria Bell2010–2011 Anne Ray Native InternGloria Bell2010–2011 Anne Ray Native Intern

Gloria Bell, one of two 2010–2011 Anne Ray Native Interns, was a Finalist in the Sixth Annual Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge, a creative writing contest for young Aboriginal Canadians. Submissions came from more than 300 Aboriginal youth in every province and territory across Canada, and 10 Finalists were recognized in each of two age groups: 14–18 and 19–29.

Gloria, a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, was recognized for her story, “Beading My Identity: Tales from a Métis Grandmother.” As Gloria describes in her author statement, “this story aims to shed light on the vital role of Métis and Aboriginal women who decorated objects and clothing for their loved ones with beadwork, quillwork and ribbon work and the stories behind these items...If the hands of my grandmother could talk, perhaps this is what they might say.”

Gloria’s winning story, and more information about the Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge, can be found at the official competition website.

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