02 March 2011

Trans Inclusive: Women’s Worlds 2011 Young Aboriginal Women’s Creative Essay Contest (3 winners of $1,500/ Canada)

Post date: 02 March 2011
Deadline: 25 March 2011

Women’s Worlds 2011 - Young Aboriginal Women’s Creative Essay Contest

Calling all Young Aboriginal Women across Canada ages 16 to 29! Do you want to be part of one of the biggest gatherings of women in the world happening in Ottawa July 3rd to 7th?!

The Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Circle for Women’s Worlds 2011 invites young Aboriginal Women across Canada to submit their written, artistic, or otherwise creative submissions to attend Women’s Worlds 2011. We greatly value the participation of young Aboriginal women and would like to hear directly from YOU about why you want to be there!

10 winners in total will be selected

3 grand winners to be awarded an honorarium of $1,500 (one young First Nation woman, one young Inuit woman and one young Métis woman) plus the opportunity to present their essay at Women’s Worlds 2011.

7 winners to be awarded an honorarium of $1000

Who: Young Aboriginal Women (trans, Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming inclusive). First Nations, Métis, Inuit. status and non-status identified. Ages 16-29

Deadline to submit: Friday March 25th, 2011

Notification of acceptance: April 4th, 2011

What is the Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Circle?

Women’s Worlds 2011 aspires to be a powerful celebration of voices and diversity. As Canada is host to this important event, the meaningful participation of Aboriginal women and the prominence of Indigenous women's issues are essential. WW 2011 participants should come away with a deeper understanding of Aboriginal women and Indigenous women, and with recognition of their immense knowledge and leadership as inspiration for a better world. This is why we identified the value of creating an Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle, a volunteer advisory body comprised of Aboriginal [First Nations, Inuit, Métis] women. Just as the event's content and program should challenge colonialism and neo-colonialism in its various forms, the internal organizing process should, too. We believe the non-tokenistic involvement of Aboriginal/Indigenous women is vital to feminist organizing and convening.

More information about Women’s Worlds 2011 can be found on www.womensworlds.ca

Contest Guidelines

With your submission please also provide covering letter or email which tells us in 300 words or less why you would want to attend Women’s Worlds 2011 and how you plan on using the experience of Women’s Worlds 2011 within your life, work, or community?


In 800 to 1200 words max, tell us:

1) What does Aboriginal women’s leadership mean to you?

Some additional guiding questions to help you (however do not feel limited to just these):

1) When you think about the word “leadership” what does this personally mean to you? “Leadership” does not necessarily mean being an elected official or winning awards – it means different things to different people. Talk about this and how you feel about it.

2) Do you know any strong Aboriginal women? Who are they? Why are they strong to you?


You may alternatively choose to answer the above by creating an artistic piece of your choosing that expresses how you feel. For example; visual art, photography, dance, video, theatre, etc. If you choose to do this, you can opt to submit the piece itself (if possible) by e-mail, taking a photograph, or sending it in the mail, or send us the link to your video if you choose this type of medium (preferably on www.youtube.com). A 200 to 400 word max description that references the piece and the two questions must accompany the artistic submission.

Submissions will be accepted in English, French, and Inuktitut. If you would like to submit in another Aboriginal language please let us know and we will do our best to ensure translation.

Email your written submission in a Word doc. attachment OR artistic submission by Friday March 25th to youngaboriginal@womensworlds.ca with your:

Name, E-mail address, Phone number, Age and Aboriginal identity (First Nations, Inuit, Metis status or non-status)

You can also send us your application by mail to:

Young Aboriginal Women’s Creative Essay Contest
Women’s Worlds 2011
55 Laurier Av. East , DMS 3192
Ottawa , Ontario, K1N 6N5

This award contest is in partnership with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network to ensure direct Aboriginal youth leadership and outreach

More information here.
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