North for 150 Digital Gallery



To celebrate Ontario and Canada's 150th birthdays, Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) held North for 150, a regional youth art contest. Northern Ontario's young artists between the ages 5 to 21 were invited to submit new, original art pieces that expressed their community's identity and connection to Canada's culture, history and 150th birthday for a chance to win great prizes. Northern Ontario's young artists answered the call and submitted works that included paintings, mixed media and video.

A panel of local judges comprised of representatives from Lakehead University's Visual Arts Department, Definitely Superior Art Gallery and the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) evaluated the entries. All the artworks were evaluated primarily on their connection to the Canada 150 theme. The judges selected six semi-finalist art works from two age categories, 5 to13 and 14 to 21. From this group of semi-finalists, two finalists were chosen, one from each age category.

 Art Exhibition Digital Gallery

Isabella, age 6
In the grandfather teachings, the turtle represents truth. It is always important for people to speak the truth (mishiike).

Spirit Bear
Aiden, age 7
Learn about aboriginal history and focus on diversity and inclusion.

The Sleeping Giant
Madelin, age 7
My artwork is about the most beautiful thing to me in Thunder Bay which is the Sleeping Giant.

Into the Next Century
Jayden, age 9
The railroad crossing through Canada.

The Canadian Flag
Jayrin, age 9
Happy 150th birthday to Canada! My painting is made up with many faces to show Canada is a diverse country. I love Canada.

54,787 Sunrises & Counting
Kendra, age 9
The Sleeping Giant is a big part of our history. The birds show that we are free and can reach any height. Canada is beautiful just like a sunrise. On July 1, 2017 Canada will have had 54,787 sunrises.

Symbols of Canada
Amanee, age 10 
My drawing represents some of the most common symbols found within my community. These symbols such as the beaver and the Sleeping Giant show part of Canada’s landmarks and wildlife. Also, the bird represents the aboriginal culture here in Thunder Bay and throughout Canada.

My Canada
Semi-finalist, Age category 5 to 13

Maia, age 10 
All of the pieces I used in my art were found locally and help to represent Canada: The purple background represents amethyst rock. The Inukshuk is made of slate rock found on the beaches of Lake Superior. The Sleeping Giant is made from birch bark. The water/waves are made from the pine cones of a spruce tree. The beach sand is actual beach sand from the Lake Superior Shores. I also included white pine bows and moss. I painted a totem pole as it represents the culture of Canada and it represents many special events and stories.

The Great Fort
Nina, age 10 
My painting shows a bagpiper and highland dances. This is one example of the diversity of people in Canada. I chose to paint people and the Old Fort because I went on a tour of Fort William Historical Park and learned about Canada’s history (fur trade, settlers, First Nations). My painting shows people celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Growing in Diversity
Juliana, age 11 
How Canada is a country of “Diversity” and how proud I am to be a young female Canadian with opportunities, freedom and love for others.

The Wonders of Canada
Semi-finalist, Age category 5 to 13

Avia, age 12
We spent two summers traveling across Canada. Canada is a beautiful country. I hand crafted all of the sculptures to represent a special scene of each province.
Thunder Bay – Sleeping Giant
New Brunswick – Hope well Rock
Alberta – Hoodoo
Manitoba – Polar Bear
Northwest Territories – Northern Lights
Nunavut – Igloo
Yukon – Gold mine
British Columbia – Rain Forests
Quebec – Maple Syrup and Poutine
Prince Edward Island – Lobsters
Saskatchewan – Grassland

Nanna Bijou (The Sleeping Giant)
Sophie, age 12 
My artwork is based on the Canada 150 theme. The canoe symbolizes people interacting with nature which is the Sleeping Giant and the outdoors. I chose to do the sunset because it shows the great beauty of Thunder Bay.

Our Canada
Finalist, Age category 5 to 13

Emily, age 13
Scenes of Canada placed inside the majestic National bird.

To Be Loaded At The Elevator
Alyssa, age 17 
My artwork depicts how Thunder Bay connects to Canada because it shows the ships that come into our port and transport various things such as grain all over. Also it has the sleeping giant which is a beautiful landmark in our area.

Semi-finalist, Age category 14 to 21

Riley, age 17
Canadian Goose to represent Canada with an aboriginal style reflection to represent Canada’s multicultural roots.

The Sleeping Persian Man
Chloe, age 17; Christopher, age 17; Gavin, age 16; Lexie, age 17
On June 7th, 2007, the Sleeping Giant was nominated as the number one, on the Seven Wonders of Canada and still remains. Adding a comical twist with Thunder Bay’s signature pastry we constructed a replica using 84 persians, taking a high quality photo and photo shopping the two as one.

North for 150, Thunder Bay
Finalist, Age category 14 to 21

Erika, age 18
My artwork is a painting incorporating all the aspects I believe define my city, Thunder Bay. I’ve included symbols depicting Canada’s identity and connecting my city to Canadian culture, such as the Union Jack and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation flags, and the cities of Port Arthur and Fort William coming together.

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Semi-finalist, Age category 14 to 21 

Haneen, age 18
My artwork illustrates and highlights key aspects and symbols of Thunder Bay that represent Canada as a whole, while reflecting on its past and present. Not only does it showcase Canada’s history, but it also spotlights Canada’s rich and diverse Native culture as well as some of its recognized spots and wildlife.

Canada 150 – Voyageur Dance

Mrs. Harri’s 5/6 Class & Mrs. Jewell’s SK/1 Class. The Grade 5/6 class at Agnew H. Johnston School taught the voyageur dance to the SK/1 class and made a video.


This project is proudly supported by Ontario150.