Oakville teen’s story wins award at Lieutenant Governors’ Legacy Day Ceremony

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Published September 17, 2023 at 9:00 am

Oakville writer Charlotte Bolduc is a recipient of the 2023 James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writing Award in the Senior Off-Reserve category for her short story, “Whispers of The Fox.” Bartleman, seen here, was the former Lieutenant Governor.

Oakville writer Charlotte Bolduc is one of 15 award winners to be recognized at the inaugural Lieutenant Governors’ Legacy Day Ceremony.

The recipients were recognized with one of the 2023 Lincoln M. Alexander Award, the 2023 James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writing Award, the 2021 or 2022 David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility and the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship.

The awards honour the legacies of the four Lieutenant Governors in their work on anti-racism, the arts, accessibility, and mental health research.

Bolduc was a recipient of the 2023 James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writing Award in the Senior Off-Reserve category for her short story, “Whispers of The Fox.”

The teenager’s story takes the reader on the journey of a boy facing the struggles of childhood and the loss of his beloved mother but resolves as a hopeful tale that touches on the resilience of the Ojibway people.

The James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writing Award is given annually to Indigenous junior (12 years old and younger) and senior (13 to 18 years old) students for their creative writing talent in three geographic categories: fly-in community, on reserve and off reserve. The recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee of members from Indigenous communities and receive a citation and a one-time award of $2,500.

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