2018 Your Story, Your Voice Contest

2018 Your Story, Your Voice Contest Rules

The Representative for Children and Youth’s Office is excited to announce the fourth annual, Your Story, Your Voice Contest! We hope you and your class will join us this year in participating and learning more about child rights.

We began this contest for young people in 2015 – to raise awareness of National Child Day, child rights, and our office. National Child Day is celebrated around the world every year on November 20 to mark the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In 2018, we are once again asking for class art submissions where all students in a class work together to create a visual expression of this year’s theme!


Contest Theme for 2018

This year’s theme is a child’s right to education, found in Article 28 and 29 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Article 28 states that all children have a right to a good quality education. They should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level they can.

Article 29 states that a child’s education should help them use and develop their talents, and abilities. It should also help them learn to live peacefully, protect the environment, and respect other people.

If you would like more information on this right, please take a look at the background information and resources document provided.


Contest Rules


1.    Our 2018 Your Story, Your Voice Contest opens October 10, 2018, and closes at 5pm Mountain Standard Time on November 9, 2018.

2.    The contest is open to classes in Nunavut public schools from kindergarten to grade 12.

3.    Entries should be an art submission that express the right to education.

4.    Entries will be evaluated by a panel of RCYO staff members on creativity, originality, and how a child’s right to education is expressed.

5.    There is a limit of one official entry per class.

6.    For administrative purposes, classroom teachers should submit the entry on behalf of their classes.

7.    Your entry should be email to contact@rcynu.ca and must include:

  • community name
  • school name
  • class grade
  • teacher’s name, phone number, and email address
  • names of all students who participated, and
  • a high resolution image of the entry (either JPG or PNG files)

8.    Entries must be received by the RCYO at contact@rcynu.ca by 5pm Mountain Standard Time on Friday, November 9, 2018.

9.    Teachers of the winning entries will be asked to sign an agreement to transfer copyright to our office. Images of the winning entries may be shared on our website and in our annual report.


Winning and Prizes

Contest winners will be notified by the RCYO on November 20, 2018, National Child Day. One prize will be awarded for each of the categories below. Each winning class will receive a prize up to a value of $500 that will be decided by the class and the RCYO.

  • Kindergarten to Grade 3
  • Grade 4 to Grade 7
  • Grade 8 to Grade 12


If you have any questions about the contest or children's rights, please contact our office either by phone at 1-855-449-8118 (toll-free) or 867-975-5090 (in Iqaluit) or email us at contact@rcynu.ca.