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Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women Youth Art Contest Winners

Disclaimer: This video features artworks themed around violence against Indigenous women and girls. All artworks express the thoughts, ideas, and vision of individual artists. Some artworks may include language that may be considered offensive to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.


The Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) held an Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women Youth Art Contest in November/December 2022. We asked Indigenous youth (ages 11-25) to submit artwork showcasing: "What ending violence against Indigenous women look like to you?"

Submissions were sorted into 3 age brackets: ages 11-14, ages 15-18, and ages 19-25. Each bracket had their own 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. All submission was individually scored by a panel of judges, scores were tabulated to decide the winners.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Bracket 1: ages 11-14

  1. Michael Ross-Matansinine, Age 13

  2. Lotus Waite, Webequie First Nation, Age 14

  3. TIE! Grace Funnell, Anishnabekwe, Kitigan Zibi First Nation, Age 13 Payton Tyance, Gull Bay First Nation, Age 14

Bracket 2: ages 15-18

  1. Tisha Duncan, Bearskin Lake First Nation, Age 17

  2. Emidee Gibbins, Big Grassy, Age 15

  3. Kayla Spence, Age 18

Bracket 3: ages 19-25

  1. MJ Singleton, Eagle Lake First Nation, Age 19

  2. Lauren Sooley, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, Age 19

  3. Mackenzie Janveaux, M'Chigeeng, Age 21

Miigwetch / Kinahnaskomihtin / Nakurmīk / Marsee / Niá:wen / Merci / Thank you to all the youth who generously shared their beautiful expressions about the very important issue of ending violence against Indigenous women.

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