As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday milestone this year, young people are being asked to show their national pride in creative new ways.
Now in its 30th edition, the Canada Day Challenge is a federal government program for kids and teens between the ages of 8 and 18 that promotes cultural diversity. Participants are asked to submit drawings, photographs or writings that highlight what being Canadian means to them and what they hope to accomplish in the future for themselves or their community.
In the art category, participants can create a drawing or painting using pencil, pastel, watercolour, marker or even computer-generated imagery. Photographers can submit images in either colour or black and white, but must include a personal information consent form if a person is featured prominently in the image. Those with a penchant for the written word can submit an original poem, short story or personal essay in either English or French, but must not go over 500 words.
Two finalists from each category will be chosen by a jury made up of members from Canadian Heritage, along with other collaborators. The winner of each category will receive a trip for two to Ottawa on July 1. Winners will also visit the city’s many museums and galleries, the Parliament buildings, and take part in other Canada Day celebrations. Winning photographs, drawings, paintings and written works will be featured in an exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History during the summer.
For aspiring young Steven Spielbergs, there is also the option to take part in Historica Canada’s ‘Here’s My Canada’ video challenge. Submissions can be in any language but should not exceed 30 seconds. Prizes will be awarded for each age category. The deadline for the video challenge is Aug. 31.
Submissions for the Canada Day Challenge can be done by mail or in person and must be submitted by March 31.
For more information and to find complete challenge guidelines, visit canada.pch.gc.ca.