Atlantic Canada's First Nation Help Desk

February's Contest


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Great Native Love Stories
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Love can mean a lot of different things. It might be the love that two people have for each other, or the love that someone feels for their family. It might even be the feeling that someone has for an idea, their nation, their people, or maybe even an act of great courage or kindness.

All people have the possibility of finding and experiencing love. As Native people, we have our unique perspectives and ways of telling our stories.  We would love to hear your stories of love.

You might find wonderful stories if you ask your parents, grandparents, elders, or family members to tell you the stories of how they met or what sacrifices or trials they had to go through in the name of love.  Some might be able to discover myths and legends about this wonderful gift that was given to humans.

Tell us your stories.  Maybe we'll laugh, or maybe we'll cry.  Most of all, we'll all be enriched by sharing!

February Contest
Great Native Love Stories

Submit a story or essay (prose) about Aboriginal People and love. 
High School and Junior High categories 
(Young children may submit original Valentines as entries in the "elementary" category.)

Deadline February 29, 2000
Eligibility Entries must be from students in First Nation schools or from Native students in provincial schools.
Prizes
 
High School $100  + autographed copy of "We are the Dreamers" by Rita Joe 
Junior High $ 75  + autographed copy of "We are the Dreamers" by Rita Joe 
Elementary $ 50  + autographed copy of "We are the Dreamers" by Rita Joe 

(All prizes go directly to the students)

Submit to: Atlantic Canada's First Nation Help Desk
E-mail: admin@firstnationhelp.com
Fax: 902 567-0337 

Note: Submissions of elementary category Valentines may be faxed to meet the deadline, and may be followed by regular mail to: Atlantic Canada's First Nation Help Desk, 115 Membertou Street, Sydney, NS B1S 2M9 

Rita Joe presenting her new book to the Help Desk

"Write down your feelings when you have them", Rita Joe tells the children who listen to her with great respect. She vividly recalls her own beginnings when people did not believe in her. Now, after having published seven books, and receiving numerous awards including the Order of Canada, Rita still remembers the thrill of her first contest. "There was no money involved", she stated, "and it was an honorable mention, but the feeling when I went into the room and everyone applauded was amazing. I felt so good."

Rita Joe is pleased to help promote writing among Aboriginal youth and to support the initiatives of Atlantic Canada's First Nation Help Desk. Her generosity of spirit flows as she willingly gives her new song, Happy Dreams to the Help Desk representatives who visit her, and then finds another song for the occasion showing a glimpse of her own love, Frank's Song.

The photo shows Rita presenting three signed copies of her new book, "We are the Dreamers" for the winners of February's contest.

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