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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 Indigenous 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, History and Social Studies, and is a great option to address the multiple-intelligences and learning styles in your classroom. We hope that Indigenous students will be excited about writing and creating artwork, and hope that youth become engaged in the material because they see themselves reflected in the works.

  • Teachers’ Kit

    This learning tool is intended to help teachers support their students in the Aboriginal Arts & Stories competition. Using this guide, educators can assist Indigenous youth with the creative process of developing their art and writing. It offers suggestions for dealing with sensitive issues, for motivating Indigenous students, and for encouraging youth to reflect on culture, identity and expression.

  • Senior Activities

    The Senior Art and Senior Writing learning tools provide interactive classroom activities that aid in the research and creative process, as well as encourage critical thinking. The guides outline four projects that explore cultural significance, Indigenous identity and personal awareness.

  • Junior Activities

    The Junior Art and Junior Writing learning tools provide interactive classroom activities that aid in the research and creative process, as well as encourage critical thinking. The guides outline five and four projects, respectively, that explore cultural significance, identity, and personal awareness.

  • Writing Styles

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

  • Historica Canada Education Portal: Indigenous History Collection

    The Historica Canada Education Portal is an interactive digital resource for teachers designed to help you and your students explore Canada through our collection of learning tools covering Canada’s remarkable history from sea to sea to sea. The Indigenous History Collection includes resources addressing the history of residential schools, treaties, and Indigenous peoples and the War of 1812, among others. The resources incorporate lesson plans, classroom activities, critical thinking exercises and discussion questions to engage students of all ages and language levels.

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