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Prince George student wins Passages Canada national contest with charcoal portrait

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Prince George student wins Passages Canada national contest with charcoal portrait

PRINCE GEORGE, BC, May 30, 2014 – A student from Prince George has been selected as the national winner of Passages Canada’s Write and Make Art! Challenge. The contest received over 400 submissions from students in Grades 1 to 12.

Katherine Fullerton, a budding artist and Grade 12 student at Cedars Christian School, won in the senior category for her charcoal portrait, “Break Down the Walls” (see page 2), which addresses racism in Canada, showing the human face behind the “walls” we put up between ourselves and others. Katherine is one of two national winners from B.C. this year.

Katherine explained that she used the symbol of the wall because “that’s exactly how racism is: it puts you on the other side of society.” Summing up her reaction to winning the top prize, she said, “It was a bit of a shock!”

“Through this work, we see a new generation of Canadian artists and storytellers defining crucial questions of citizenship and identity,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada. “The results are impressive not only in creative terms, but in broadening the discussion of how we as Canadians define ourselves.”

In its second year, the Passages Canada Write and Make Art! Challenge encouraged Grade 1 to 12 students across Canada to explore issues of immigration, identity and racism through writing and art. Work was juried by an esteemed panel from Passages Canada, The Canadian Encyclopedia and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

A storytelling initiative of Historica Canada, Passages Canada volunteers share their personal accounts of cultural identity and heritage on-line in our multimedia Story Archive and in person with schools and community groups. Since 2002, over 1,000 speakers have created dialogue on Canada’s rich diversity with over 250,000 youth and adults. Passages Canada is generously supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and TD Bank Group.

Historica Canada is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.


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Artwork by Katherine Fullerton, Grade 12 student at Cedars Christian School:

Break Down the Walls