Are you a master of the visual arts? Show your artistic side in our Environment and Climate Change Coin Design Contest: Askîy Challenge for your chance to have your artwork featured on an MNA coin!

Get creative and submit your artwork illustrating Métis people’s connection to the land (e.g. terrestrial plants and animals, landforms, rock, sand, soil). The winner’s artwork will be commemorated in a challenge coin given to Métis Nation of Alberta Citizens who participate in Askîy environmental monitoring and conservation programs.

There is also a chance to win other amazing prizes!

Grand Prize:

  • Winning artwork on MNA’s challenge coin AND
  • iPad Pro + Apple Pencil (~$2,739 value)

Three winners per age category (18-59, 60+):

  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250

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How to Participate

  1. Read and fill out the Askîy Challenge Coin Design Contest Guide.
  2. Create your artwork on the Askîy Challenge Coin Design Contest Template. Artwork must illustrate the theme, Métis people’s connection to the land (e.g. terrestrial plants and animals, landforms, rock, sand, soil).

How To Submit Your Artwork

Complete submissions, including signed forms and template, must be mailed or emailed by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2023 (DEADLINE EXTENDED).

By email: 

All digital artwork must be in PDF or JPG/JPEG formats. Scan or photograph artwork and email to Environment@metis.org.

By mail:

Attn: Environment Team
Delia Gray Building
11738 Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton, AB, T5G 0X5

About the Askîy Challenge Coin Design Contest

The  Environment and Climate Change department is holding an art contest to design a Métis-inspired challenge coin for MNA Citizens who participate in our Askîy environmental monitoring and conservation programs to recognize their contributions. Challenge coins are small coins that organizations give away to represent membership, recognize service and excellence, or celebrate special events.

About the Askîy Community-Based Monitoring Program

The Environment and Climate Change department conducts community-based monitoring programs through an initiative called Askîy (Cree for “Earth” or “land”) to investigate and address Citizen environmental concerns. We have developed programs to monitor plants, fish, wildlife, and biodiversity using methods which braid western science with traditional knowledge. Monitoring programs are designed to engage with Citizens, facilitate knowledge sharing within the community, provide opportunities for community involvement in monitoring, and keep Citizens updated on project activities and outcomes.