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Student from Yellowknife wins big in Passages Canada national contest

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Yellowknife, June 24, 2016 – Emma Willoughby, Grade 9, in Yellowknife won first place in the Imagine Culture Photo Contest, Intermediate Category, for her photo entitled A Northern Blend. The contest received over 300 submissions from youth ages 5 to 29.

The photo, which shows a pair of traditionally beaded Dene mitts perched on the seat of a snowmobile, captures the fusion of traditional and modern cultures in Yellowknife and contrasts the Dene and settler cultures present in the region. Emma writes, “Together, the mitts and the snowmobile create a better winter camping experience, just like the two completely unique cultures create a rich northern blend.”

The Passages Canada Imagine Culture Photo Contest encourages youth across Canada to explore issues of culture, identity, and immigration through photography. The entries were reviewed by a panel of Historica Canada and Passages Canada volunteers with backgrounds in the arts. The winning entries can be viewed here.

Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that invites newcomers and established Canadians to share their personal experiences of identity, heritage, and immigration with groups of all ages. More than 1,000 volunteers participate in this storytelling program that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue and strengthens our appreciation for one another in an open spirit that is genuinely Canadian. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.

For more information:

Muna Gaye, Program Officer

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Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator

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