The Blue Metropolis Awards for Excellence in Indigenous Studies are an initiative of the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival and the McConnell Foundation. The award recognizes two students, one francophone, the other anglophone, who are enrolled during the fall 2019 or winter 2020 in either an Indigenous Studies or Indigenous Literature program or an Anthropology program for their outstanding academic performance (excellence, perseverance, creativity and engagement).
In addition to each receiving a $1,000 award, the two winning students will be invited to attend the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival* (next edition: May 1 – 6, 2020) where they will be invited to read a short essay of their own composition during an event that is part of the Festival’s series on Indigenous Literatures and Cultures. This essay should deal with social change and the role of the individual in a rapidly changing world, as well as the concepts of social inclusion and dialogue.
TO PARTICIPATE (before March 20, 2020)
Students are invited to submit their candidacy by completing the the form found at bluemetropolis.org/firstpeopleawards. In addition, the student will write a 200- to 300-word essay that answers the question “What is the definition of a just society?”. A jury will select 10 finalists. Each finalist will produce, and send to the Festival, a three-minute video on the topics of social change and social inclusion, mentioning why they wish to take part in the Blue Metropolis Festival.
*Travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the Foundation.