Isaiah Aguonie receives James Bartleman Award

Isaiah Aguonie of Sheguiandah First Nation, right, is pictured in a group of James Bartleman Award winners with Ontario Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, centre, and James Bartleman, right.

SHEGUIANDAH—Isaiah Aguonie of Sheguiandah is one of six talented young indigenous writers from across the province that Ontario has recognized with a James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award.

Mr. Aguonie received the award for his entry, a story about two wolves on a long and treacherous journey to the south side of Moonlight Island. The awards celebrate the work of indigenous youth and encourages them to share their unique perspective and experiences with a broader audience.

“On behalf of the people of Algoma-Manitoulin, I congratulate Isaiah on this outstanding achievement and for sharing his unique perspective and compelling voice,” said Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin in a release. “Isaiah is a wonderful example of how sharing our stories can further our understanding of the varied perspectives and experience of Indigenous youth in Ontario.”

“The James Bartleman Award provides a platform for young Indigenous writers to share their stories beyond their local communities. It is my hope that by recognizing their creative talents, they continue to pursue their passion for writing and that their stories live on,” said Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award was created in 2008 to honour the province’s first indigenous Lieutenant Governor.

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdesdell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the awards at a Queen’s Park ceremony October 7, along with the Honourable James Bartleman, 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.