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May 20, 2010 13:45 ET

Minister Aglukkaq Announces the Canada Day Poster Challenge 2010 Winners for the Three Territories

TALOYOAK, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (Nunavut), today announced the age category winners and the territorial finalists for the Canada Day Poster Challenge 2010.

The territorial finalists are Diane Totalik for Nunavut, Shadunjen Van Kampen for Yukon, and Richelle Daniels for the Northwest Territories. Their artwork stood out from the other entries by interpreting this year's theme "My Canada is…" in a fresh and inspiring way.

"What great talent young Canadians have shown us once again through the Canada Day Poster Challenge! I'm always amazed by the creativity that emerges from the participants and the pride they express in their illustrations," said Minister Moore. "These works of art reflect what our country's young artists think and feel about their Canada, and it is very meaningful."

"Young people were able to express what Canada means to them and turn it into a poster that illustrates the pride they feel as Canadians," said Minister Aglukkaq. "I congratulate every participant, as well as the territorial finalists, and I salute all the young people across the country who helped make this year's Canada Day Poster Challenge a success."

Diane, Shadunjen and Richelle are among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists. The national winner's work will become the official poster for Celebrate Canada. The 13 finalists will all win a laptop computer loaded with options.

The Poster Challenge program, created in 1987, encourages young Canadians aged 5 to 18 to learn more about Canada, which makes them even more proud of our country and strengthens their feeling of belonging.

For more information on the Canada Day Poster Challenge 2010, visit www.posterchallenge.pch.gc.ca.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

BACKGROUNDER

In Nunavut, more than 170 young people participated in this year's Canada Day Poster Challenge. The territorial finalist was chosen from among the winners in the following age groups:

  • 5 to 8 years: Cailen Munro, age 7, Qarmartalik School, Resolute Bay
  • 9 to 11 years: Fabian Tongelik, age 11, Netsilik School, Taloyoak
  • 12 to 14 years: Annabelle Ruben, age 13, Netsilik School, Taloyoak
  • 15 to 18 years: Diane Totalik, age 16, Netsilik School, Taloyoak

In Yukon, 20 young people participated in this year's Poster Challenge. The territorial finalist was chosen from among the winners in the following age groups:

  • 5 to 8 years: Safyre Roberts, age 8, Takhini Elementary School, Whitehorse
  • 9 to 11 years: Shadunjen Van Kampen, age 11, Whitehorse Elementary School, Whitehorse
  • 12 to 14 years: Jacob Bean McKinnon Price, age 12, Del Van Gorder School, Faro

In the Northwest Territories, more than 80 young people participated in the 2010 edition of the Poster Challenge. The territorial finalist was chosen from among the winners in the following age groups:

  • 5 to 8 years: Kiah Vail, age 8, Joseph Burr Tyrell Elementary School, Hay River
  • 9 to 11 years: Hana Steinwand, age 11, École J.H. Sissons School, Yellowknife
  • 12 to 14 years: Arlyn William James Charlie, age 12, Chief Julius School, Fort McPherson
  • 15 to 18 years: Richelle Daniels, age 16, Diamond Jenness Secondary School, Hay River

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre, Director
    Communications
    204-983-4367 or Cell.: 204-899-8611
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt, A/Regional Manager
    Communications
    604-666-5739