Natuashish Student Wins National Writing Competition

For Immediate Release

Sheshatshiu, NL – June 2, 2011 

The Innu Nation congratulates Candace Toma, a grade eight student at the Mushuau Innu Natuashish School, who has just won the 7th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge, presented by the Historica Dominion Institute. Since its inception, the writing challenge has become the largest and most recognizable essay writing competition in Canada for Aboriginal youth. “Candace is an example for all Innu youth of what can be accomplished with effort and determination”, said Grand Chief Joseph Riche. “It is a proud moment also for Natuashish and I want to congratulate Candace's parents and teachers for this remarkable achievement”, he added.


“I’m really excited because I worked hard on my story,” said Candace. “It’s really nice to win and I can’t wait to go on my trip to Toronto. I’m nervous about accepting my award but I’m sure that at that moment, I’ll be okay.”

Candace's story, titled “Ghosts of the Future”, was the winning entry in the 14-18 year old youth category. Candace won a $2500 cash prize, an all expense paid trip for two to Toronto for the awards ceremony, and her story will now be published in a national magazine.

When asked to describe the topic of her story, she quoted Bruce Cockburn, “It’s a story about kicking at the darkness until it bleeds sunlight.”

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Grand Chief Joseph Riche

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