Three Aboriginal youth recognized for their artistic talent
EDMONTON, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Field Law, a regional law firm with
offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife was proud to host a gala
celebration tonight recognizing the winners of the Field Law Métis and
First Nations Youth Art Competition at Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton.
Community organizations and leaders, and members of the Aboriginal
community gathered with Field Law to support, honour and celebrate
artistic achievements and talent of Métis and First Nation youth across
Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In addition to the awards
presentations, guests were treated to a traditional blessing, a hoop
battle, and two contemporary dances.
Candidates were asked to create works of art portraying their winter
cultural traditions in the form of paint, charcoal, ink or pencil,
etc., as long as the piece remained two-dimensional. The competition
was created to provide Native students the opportunity to have their
creativity showcased on a larger scale. Entries were judged on
originality, creativity, interpretation of the theme, technique,
composition, and degree of difficulty. The competition was open to
Métis and First Nations youth ages 12 to 18 who were enrolled in an
Alberta or Northwest Territories junior high or high school.
"Choosing the top three entries was difficult for the judges as they
were impressed with the talent of the artists and the quality of
inspirational artwork submitted," said Jon Faulds, Partner at Field Law
and leader of the Indian Residential Schools Group. "The more than 20
entries reflects the abundance of artistic talent in First Nation and
Métis communities. Field Law is honoured to have the opportunity to
provide a platform to showcase some of that talent."
Alesian LaRocque was awarded the grand prize with total cash winnings of
$500. Her art will be exhibited on Field Law's Indian Residential
Schools Group 2012 Holiday card, in addition to being displayed at
their Yellowknife office. Second place went to Hannah Cardinal, taking
home $250 and third went to Alice Laboucane earning a cash reward of
The gala was a component of the Rubaboo Arts Festival, put on by Alberta
Aboriginal Arts. This 11-day multidisciplinary festival showcases new
Aboriginal plays, music, dance, art, food, family and youth events,
artist workshops, and an Aboriginal craft market. Rubaboo is open to
everyone, providing the opportunity for audiences to get a taste of the
amazing work being created by members of Canada's Aboriginals
The competition judging panel consisted of two Field Law employees,
Aboriginal actor Dakota House from the popular television series North of 60 and Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, an aboriginal actress of Metis and
Cree descent and cofounder of Alberta Aboriginal Arts.
Being involved in the community has always been a top priority for Field
Law. The firm has a solid background working with the members of
numerous First Nations and Métis communities in Alberta and in the
Northwest Territories. Their team of dedicated professionals has
developed a thorough understanding of the many issues facing these
individuals and communities.
Contest organizers hope to make the competition an annual event and
continue to support Aboriginal youth in Canada.
For more information, visit www.fieldlaw.com.
About Indian Residential Schools Group
The Indian Residential Schools Group conceptualized and executed the
Youth Art Competition. The group's main task is to support and counsel
victims and survivors of the Indian Residential School era. The group
represents over a thousand survivors in the Independent Assessment
Process (IAP) which compensates former students for abuse at
About Field Law
Field Law is a regional law firm with offices in Calgary and Edmonton,
Alberta as well as Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. More than 100
lawyers work together to provide a wide variety of legal services to
businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters,
litigation and dispute resolution, Northern Aboriginal, labour and
employment, insurance, occupational health and safety, privacy,
professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally
the firm provides private services to individuals including estate
planning services and real estate transactions. Field Law is a member
of State Capital Group, allowing clients access to trusted, dependable legal representation
anywhere in the world their business takes them.
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