Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 07, 2008 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 Finalists for Nunavut

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - Naomi Alookee, age 16, from Netsilik School in Taloyoak, is the territorial Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 finalist for Nunavut. This year's theme was My Canada Today!

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced the territorial finalist, as well as regional winners by age category.

"Throughout Canada, we have the chance to celebrate the talent of our young people. In their posters, these young people have brilliantly shown what Canada represents for them," said Minister Verner. "Their artwork beautifully reflects our identity, our history, and how these young artists see the future."

The territorial finalist was chosen from among four winners in the following age categories:

Ages 5 to 8: Joellen Netser, age 8, Sakku School, Coral Harbour

Ages 9 to 11: Esme Lee Archer-Roussel, age 9, Ecole des trois-soleils, Iqaluit

Ages 12 to 14: Junette Kingmiaqtuq, age 13, Netsilik School, Taloyoak

Ages 15 to 18: Naomi Alookee, age 16, Netsilik School, Taloyoak (Territorial Winner)

The work of the overall national winner, chosen from among the 13 provincial and territorial winners, will be chosen to appear on the official 2008 Canada Day poster, which will be distributed across the country. The winning artist will be announced in May. In addition, the 13 provincial and territorial winners will travel to Ottawa, where they will join thousands of other Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada Day. As a special feature this year, they will continue on to Quebec City where, on July 3, they will take part in the big celebration of the city's 400th anniversary. The year 1608-the date of the foundation of Quebec City-is a historic date for all of Canada and North America. It is from that date that we truly started to become what we are today.

From June to September 2008, the 13 finalists' posters will be on display at the Canadian Children's Museum, located in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.

Initiated in 1987, the Canada Day Poster Challenge has become one of the most popular programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Winners will receive prizes from our official partners in the 2008 Poster Challenge: the Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc), the Trans Canada Trail, the Historica Foundation of Canada, the Dominion Institute, and the Canadian Children's Museum.

To find out more about the Canada Day Poster Challenge, visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/affiche-poster

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications and Executive Services
    Prairies and Northern Region
    204-983-4367
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101