News Release Article from  Parks Canada

Parks Canada and Confederation Centre of the Arts Launch Road to 2017 Art Contests

P.E.I. youth invited to participate in poster and graphic novel contests

February 25, 2016                   Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island                      Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada and the Confederation Centre of the Arts are pleased to invite Prince Edward Island youth to participate in the Road to 2017 Poster and Graphic Novel Contests. The contests are open to youth in grades 6 to 8, or ages 11 to 14. Classes and organized youth groups falling within the age range are also invited to submit group posters or graphic novels.

Participants in the poster contest are asked to illustrate the map of Canada’s journey to its 150th anniversary in 2017, including stops along the way reflecting important Canadian events, people or places. Participants in the graphic novel contest must create a book with a maximum of eight pages that tells a part of Canada’s story and its development as a nation.

Individual grand prize winners will receive a free weekend of camping in P.E.I. National Park, and the grand prize and second place winners will receive a seven-day family combo pass for P.E.I. National Park and Green Gables Heritage Place. The grand prize winning class or youth group will receive an exclusive art class with visual artist Maurice Bernard or Jeff Alward. Top placing groups will also receive a copy of the DVD A Building of Destiny and a special class trip to the Confederation Chamber for a tour with a Confederation Player. Full contest details can be found at The deadline for entries is March 31, 2016.

Quick Facts

  • Canada’s national parks and national historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150. The Story of Confederation program is a prime example of how Parks Canada and the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ are fulfilling their shared mandate to bring to life the story of the founding of Canada.
  • The Confederation Centre of the Arts was created in 1964 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference and includes several theatres, a national art gallery, numerous arts education programs, and celebrated heritage offerings such as the Confederation Players and the Annual Symons Lecture. It is the current home of the Story of Confederation program, presented with the support of Parks Canada.



“As we near the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience and learn more about our heritage. Our collaboration with the Confederation Centre of the Arts allows us to engage students and youth while helping them to learn about our heritage while bringing the Story of Confederation to life.”

Karen Jans, Superintendent, Parks Canada, P.E.I.


Associated Links

Parks Canada: Province House

Confederation Centre of the Arts

The Story of Confederation

Canadian Heritage: Road to 2017

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Jennifer Stewart
Communication Officer
Parks Canada, PEI Field Unit

Media Relations
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