Canada Day Challenge 2017

Presented by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Day Challenge was an arts, photography and creative writing competition for youth in Canada. The Challenge celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, along with Canada’s 150th anniversary!. Over 350,000 participants from across Canada took up the Challenge from 1987 to 2017, and shared with us what made them proud to be Canadian!

The Canada Day Challenge has ended and there will be no future editions of the contest. Congratulations to the winners and finalists for the Canada Day Challenge 2017, and thank you to all the young Canadians who participated in the past 30 years!

Winners' gallery 2017

Using their creativity and imagination, youth from all across Canada took up the challenge to explore Canada's culture and identity while sharing with us their vision of the future for them and their country. See what makes the winners of the 2017 Canada Day Challenge proud to be Canadian through art, photography and creative writing.

Draw it!

A blend of Canadian symbols and values in a colourful drawing: tulip, the Canadarm, wind turbines, astronaut, Parliament, etc.

National winner
Fiona Tung
Markham, Ontario
17 years old

Drawing of a group of Canadians from different cultures and origins, with Canadian symbols in the background.

Laura Lima Nishida
Bedford, Nova Scotia
15 years old

Colourul drawing of various Canadians symbols: flags, poppies, totem poles, the Peace Tower, etc.

Youngli You
Calgary, Alberta
18 years old

Snap it!

Photo of a young Cree child dancing and creating the shadow of a bird on the ground.

National winner
Joshua Sprigg
Mount Albert, Ontario
14 years old

Photo of a young girl holding a picture of her great great-grandfather who served as a Canadian soldier.

Kassia Emery
Whitehorse, Yukon
9 years old

Photo of a purple flower growing through snow with the sun shining on it.

Anna Benwell
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
13 years old

Write it!

text entry

National winner
Emily Zbaraschuk
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
14 years old

text entry

Anny Lemyre-Roy
Trois-Rivières, Québec
18 years old

text entry

Victoria Gibbs
Little York, Prince Edward Island
16 years old

Video challenge « Here’s my Canada »

In 2017, Canadian Heritage joined Historica Canada for its video contest "Here’s my Canada". Two winners have been selected by Canadian Heritage for an early bird prize! Congratulations to young filmmakers:

: Photography of Estelle Lajeunesse, winner of the early bird prize for “Here’s my Canada”.

Estelle Lajeunesse
Eastman, Quebec
14 years old
: Photography of Emily Janzen, winner of the early bird prize for “Here’s my Canada”.

Emily Janzen
North Vancouver, British Columbia
13 years old

Check out the two winning videos.

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