Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 22, 2009 14:30 ET

Minister Leona Aglukkaq Announces Canada Day Poster Challenge 2009 Finalist for Nunavut

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - 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 names of the winners in four age groups and the territorial finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge.

The Nunavut finalist, Amelia Lewis, age 17, attends Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit. She interpreted this year's theme, "With Glowing Hearts," with style and originality. Representing hope and friendship, the inuksuk in Amelia's poster stands proudly on the podium holding the Olympic flame and wearing a gold medal. It is surrounded by Canadian symbols such as the beaver, the Canada goose, and the Canadian flag.

"I am proud to see how creative and inspiring our young Canadians are. All of the participants were able to show us how they see Canada-from the splendour of its landscapes to the wealth of its history and cultural diversity," said Minister Moore. "With the 2010 Winter Games less than a year away, the Poster Challenge has allowed thousands of young people from every part of the country to take part in the excitement and to once again demonstrate that these are truly Canada's Games. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Poster Challenge."

"I'm pleased to say that this year's poster challenge was very popular in Nunavut," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Close to 400 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 rose to the Challenge and displayed their creativity, while demonstrating their pride in being Canadian. I wish to congratulate all participants."

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

- 5 to 8 years: Teresa Kolola, age 7, Nakashuk School, Iqaluit

- 9 to 11 years: Darren Ogruk, age 11, Netsilik School, Taloyoak

- 12 to 14 years: Laura Etunga, age 12, Netsilik School, Taloyoak

- 15 to 18 years: Amelia Lewis, age 17, Inuksuk High School, Iqaluit

Amelia will be among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists who will go to Ottawa in June to participate in the Canada Day celebrations. As a finalist, she also has a chance to win this year's special grand prize: an all expenses paid trip to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

The grand prize winner is chosen from among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists. The winner's work will become the official poster for Celebrate Canada and will be distributed nationwide.

Created in 1987, the Poster Challenge program encourages young Canadians 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 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge, visit

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations