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Aboriginal Arts & Stories - For Teachers

For Teachers

Our competition is currently open.

Help your students enter the largest and most recognized art & creative writing competition in Canada for Aboriginal youth.

View past winners to get inspired. Learn about prizing, guidelines and familiarize yourself with the rules & regulations. Once you’re ready, use the teaching tools below to help students during the creative process. Students can enter the contest online or by mail.

Groups with 6 or more individual students are eligible for a special classroom prize!


Teacher Resources

  • Aboriginal Arts & Stories is a great tool to use in the classroom – use it as a class project, an alternative assignment, or an extra credit assignment! It fits in well with curricula in Art, English and Social Studies, and is a great option to address the multiple-intelligences and learning styles in your classroom. We find that Aboriginal students are excited about writing and creating artwork, and become engaged in the material because it’s about them.

  • Writing Styles

    Students can explore a list of Alternative Writing Styles for inspiration and guidance.

  • Arts Challenge Teachers Guide

    The Aboriginal Arts Challenge Teacher’s Guide (PDF) provides interactive classroom activities that aid in the research and creative process, as well as encourage critical thinking. The guide outlines four projects that explore cultural significance and personal awareness.

  • Stories Challenge Teachers Guide

    The Aboriginal Stories Challenge Teacher’s Guide (PDF) provides interactive classroom activities that aid in the research and creative process, as well as encourage critical thinking. The Guide outlines four projects that explore cultural significance and personal awareness.

  • Curriculum Correlation

    Consult the Curriculum Correlation (PDF) to find out how this programme fits in with provincial Social Science curricula across the country. The Aboriginal Writing Challenge is also a great activity for English, Creative Writing and many other classes!

  • Researching Tips

    Students can use the Six Steps to Writing Historical Fiction (PDF) for tips on researching and creating a work of historical fiction.

  • Aboriginal Communities role in the War of 1812

    This Aboriginal Peoples Guide is designed to complement Historica Canada’s War of 1812 Guide and themed guides by offering an in-depth discussion of the role of Aboriginal communities in this significant conflict. This guide is made possible with generous support from the Government of Canada.

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