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Mathieu Da Costa Parks Canada Award (Canada)

I just received some information about a national youth (age 9-18) writing and artwork contest called the Mathieu Da Costa Challenge. The poster states that the Challenge

“celebrates Canada’s cultural diversity. The idea is to help young Canadians learn more – and share what they learn – about the contributions that Canadians of Aboriginal, African and other backgrounds have made in building our country.”

The winners will receive:

  • a three-day, all-expenses paid trip to Quebec City in April 2008 (accompanied by a parent/guardian) including transportation, meals and hotel
  • three days of activities
  • VIP tickets to the Mathieu Da Costa Awards Ceremony at the Salle Dina Bélanger in Québec City, Quebec
  • a Certificate of Achievement
  • other prizes

If you know of any youth who might be interested in participating, tell them about the Challenge site – www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/mathieudacosta or provide them with the toll-free number to find out more – 1-888-776-8584.

What a good opportunity to increase awareness of Aboriginal peoples’ contributions (which are many and inadequately recognized)!

BTW, it’s nice to see that the Canadian Library Association is a premier partner in this initiative.

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