Winners given cash prizes for reconciliation art contest

On December 3rd, four winners were announced for the Fourth Expressions of Reconciliation Art & Media Contest put on by the United Way of Lethbridge and South Western Alberta. The winners were celebrated for their work in the theme of Voice and Representation. Each was presented with a cash prize at Casa for their art.

Each year, the contest is open to artists of all ages and abilities in Lethbridge and surrounding communities, and a variety of works are submitted, including photography, drawings, paintings, poetry, personal reflections, as well as audio-visual pieces. The prizes were collectively sponsored by the contest partner organizations, United Way, the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee and the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network. The first, second and third place winners were chosen with the help of a jury, while the “People’s Choice” prize was awarded based on the results of a social media vote on Facebook.

1st Place – Naima Rain Young Pine (age 16) for Life in My Eyes, a poem
2nd Place – Lorali Day Chief (age 12) for Stories From Our Hearts, a written account and
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3rd Place – Ari Gilbert (age 12) for Who I Am, a poem
People’s Choice – Darlene Urban for Every Child Matters, a folded book design


All four of the art pieces will be available for viewing at Casa until the end of the year.

For more information on the contest you can visit

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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