Mount Albert Student Among the Winners of the 2017 Canada Day Challenge

Joshua Sprigg is the national winner in the "Snap it!" category

MOUNT ALBERT, ON, June 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Joshua Sprigg of Mount Albert Public School is the national winner of the 2017 Canada Day Challenge in the "Snap it!" category. The other 2017 winners are Emily Zbaraschuk, of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in the "Write it!" category and Fiona Tung of Markham, Ontario, in the "Draw it!" category.

Joshua submitted a photo under the theme "Celebrate Your Future." It shows a young Cree child who creates the shadow of a bird on the ground while dancing. Wanting to express his hope for the future, he said about his work: "It is now my turn to carry on the traditions, as well as learn new traditions as we welcome new Canadians and cultures to our land."

Joshua and his mother have been invited to visit Canada's Capital Region as of June 27 to participate in Canada Day celebrations, which are taking place on Parliament Hill as part of Canada 150. Joshua and the other winners will have the opportunity to visit Parliament, museums and national historical sites during their visit, thanks to the support of official collaborators. His entry will also be displayed at the Canadian Museum of History from June to September. Additionally, he will receive an iPad from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and will have the opportunity to work with a team of experts from the NFB to produce his own short film.


"Canada is filled with extraordinary young talent, and the Canada Day Challenge shows that our youth are bursting with ideas, projects and dreams. In this year of Canada 150 celebrations, the theme 'Celebrate Your Future' was quite timely. It allowed young people to reflect on our past and express their vision for Canada's future and their own. It's very inspiring! Congratulations to the winners and all the participants in the 2017 Challenge."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick Facts

The winners and finalists will receive several wonderful prizes.

Canadians can admire the winning entries, as well as those by the finalists, by visiting the Canada Day Challenge website or the Canadian Museum of History from June to September.

The official collaborators of the 2017 Canada Day Challenge are the National Film Board of CanadaParks Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceEncounters with Canada, the Trans Canada TrailCanada Post, the Canadian Museum of History and the Royal Canadian Mint.

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For further information: (media only): Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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