This September we will mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark Métis rights affirming Powley decision! We are calling on all early learner Métis artists to create a masterpiece in honour of this historic decision in our Powley Illustration Contest. Participants have a chance to win one of three prizes and to have their illustration displayed at the Annual General Assembly.

*One winner will be selected from each age group*

Age groups:
0-4 years of age
5-8 years of age
9-12 years of age

 Each winner will receive:

  • $250 gift card to Toys “R” Us
  • The winner’s illustrations will be framed and displayed at the Annual General Assembly.
  • A copy of our book “A Real Life Métis Superhero: The Powley Family.”

Submission Criteria: 

• One Parent, Legal Guardian, or child must be a Métis Nation of Ontario citizen eligible for direct benefits.
• Proof of Métis Nation of Ontario citizenship will be required when completing the application.
• Must reside in Ontario
• The child must be aged 0-12

Other considerations:

• Multiple applicants per family are welcome!
• Parents/Guardians will be required to sign consent forms for your child’s artwork to be utilized.

To apply, email Heather Ferguson at Please use “Powley Illustration Contest” as the subject line and include the following information in your email:

• Shipping Address (home address: street, city, and postal code) Please Note: We cannot ship to PO Boxes.
• Your phone number.
• The best email address to contact you at.
• Proof of MNO citizenship.
• Number of children submitting artwork, with their full name and age.

Further information and illustration parameters will be provided upon application.

Applications will be accepted between June 26th, 2023 – July 4th, 2023. Further information regarding illustration submissions will be provided upon application.

Although we appreciate all submissions, only some illustrations will receive a prize. However, we will display all illustrations in an online gallery on the MNO website.