Call for submission: Imagine a Canada – a national arts and communications initiative

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Imagine a Canada

During the 6 year mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), all Canadians were asked to reflect on the historical treatment of Indigenous peoples in this country. The TRC interviewed thousands of survivors and others affected by residential schools. 94 Calls to Action were issued by the TRC calling upon all Canadians to re-imagine their relationship with Indigenous people. Now, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is turning to Canada’s young people to lead a conversation around the future of the country.Imagine a Canada is a national arts and communications initiative that invites young people to share their thoughts on what the future of Canada will look like through the lens of reconciliation (see guidelines below).

2017 will be a big year for Imagine a Canada. Ten recipients will be selected in each province and territory by a regional selection committee in partnerships with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The 10 recipients will be honoured by the Vice Regal representative in their respective province or territory and will be prominently featured by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

The 10 Imagine a Canada recipients in each province and territory will go forward to a national selection committee where one recipient from each province and territory will be selected to be honoured by Governor General David Johnston in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in June of 2017.


Watch the Commemorative Video

In the first year of Imagine a Canada, 10 recipients were selected from across Canada and were honoured in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on March 1, 2016.

The Process

For Educators:
Explain: the competition to your students
Engage: in conversation
Provide: students with context and background
Support: the development and submission of student work

For Parents:
Explore: the true history of Canada with your children
Read:      the TRC’s summary reports
Discuss: the future in a reconciled Canada with your kids
Support: your children in the development and submission of their work

For Students:
Explore: the NCTR archives at
Envision: the country you want us to strive for together
Create: a story, poem, piece of art, short film or essay

Submit: your work no later than January 16th, 2017

Take Action — Your voice counts! Share it with the world!


Please submit work to and include your full name, school, community, and contact information.

The following formats are accepted:
Essays, poems, stories:  Electronic format —PDF
Songs: MP3 format —192 kbps
Videos: H.264 Mp4s
Art: A high resolution photograph accurately displaying the work of art or the original work of art

Please note — originals will not be returned and all materials will be added to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives. Hard copy submissions can be sent to 177 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2.

Grade Level Categories:
Grades: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and Undergraduates at the post-secondary level

Type of Submission to be Accepted:
Poem, story, song, essay, drawing or poster with text, video, original art work, or other written or visual expression


Regional submissions will be reviewed by a reconciliation panel in respective provinces and territories. Each regional panel will select 10 submissions to be honoured by their respective Vice Regal representative.

The 10 submissions from each region will then be sent to a national review panel for the selection of one recipient in each province and territory to be honoured by the Governor General in a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

The ememo is sent out on a weekly basis every Wednesday. All news submissions must be submitted by email to before Tuesday at 4:30pm to be considered for the following week’s

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