Courtney Miller of Six Nations of the Grand River is one of six talented young Indigenous writers who won the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award. The award celebrates the work of Indigenous youth and encourages them to share their unique perspective and experiences with a broader audience.
Courtney Miller received the award for her fictional short story about a young woman on Six Nations who lost her father to a drinking and driving accident. Courtney Miller received the award at a ceremony hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
MPP Dave Levac congratulated Ms. Miller by stating: "On behalf of the community of Brant, I congratulate Courtney Miller on this outstanding achievement! Thank you Courtney for sharing your unique perspective and compelling voice. This is a wonderful example of how sharing stories can improve our understanding of each other, especially of the experiences of Indegenous youth in Ontario."
The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award was created in 2008 to honour the province’s first Indigenous Lieutenant Governor. Submissions are now being accepted for next year’s awards. The closing date is May 31, 2017. Eligible participants must be 18 years of age or younger at the time they submit an entry, enrolled in an Ontario school, self-identify as an Indigenous person, and be a permanent resident of Ontario. The awards will be renamed to the "James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writing Award" this year.
*Coutney is pictured in the second row, third from the right.