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July 2012

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And the winners are...

July 13, 2012

Winnipeg Public Library is happy to announce the two winning entries to our recent contest: The Last Word on First Words! - a contest celebrating Indigenous writers.

Our winner in the Adult entrant category was Jocelyn Boileau who wrote to us beautifully about the poem Blue Marrow by Louise Bernice Halfe.

The winner of the Youth entrant category was Dakota B. who wrote to us about a play he loved a lot: fareWel by Ian Ross.

You can read both winning entries (and see some pictures of the winners!) - just follow the link on this page:


During the months of May and June we asked Winnipeggers to write and tell us about their favourite piece of writing by an Indigenous writer from Turtle Island (North America). The past few years have seen a real surge in new materials by Indigenous writers being published and our goal was to get the word out about all these amazing talents.

We had some terrific entries: you wrote to us about classic titles (April Raintree), new talents (Waubgeshig Rice's Midnight Sweatlodge) and established writers (Will's Garden by Lee Maracle). Your entries were touching and powerful and made for some great reading themselves!

In the end we managed to narrow it down to two winners: one in the adult entrant category and one in the youth (ages 12-17) entrant category. Each winner received a Sony eReader (so they can start using the Library's e-book collection!) and a starter "library" of print books full of great Indigenous literature. Thank you to the City of Winnipeg - Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak for supporting our prizes.

Thank you to all our entrants!

Last update: August 25, 2015
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