Call for Submissions: Seven Grandfather Teachings Art Competition

19 Mar

TRACKS Youth Program is calling for Indigenous youth to create and submit their artistic interpretations of the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

Gwekwaadziwin (Honesty)

Dbaadendizwin (Humility)

Zaagidwin (Love)

Nbwaakaawin (Wisdom)

Aakdehewin (Bravery)

Mnaadendmowin (Respect)

Debwin (Truth)

How do you understand each of the Seven Grandfather Teachings? What do the teachings mean to you? How do your lived experiences help you to interpret the teachings? What images do the teachings conjure for you?

Up to three winning submissions will be chosen to be featured in an ongoing photo series on TRACKS’s social media and website. Other uses may be permitted by credit will always be given to the artist.

Who can submit?
Indigenous youth (under the age of 30) in Ontario

What can be submitted?
Artistic interpretations of the Seven Grandfather Teachings. Any medium (paint, pastel, pencil, ink, etc.) on paper will be accepted.
Please submit seven separate pieces representing each teaching. Include the word for each teaching on the page (incorporated in the art, or as a separate caption)

When is the submission deadline?  
May 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

What is the submission prize?  
Three prizes of up to $500 in gift cards for art supplies

How to submit:          
Please submit scanned or clearly photographed copies of your finished pieces to or use submission form available here.

Please send questions or concerns regarding the submission process or competition guidelines to