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Call for Indigenous Writers and Illustrators

Are you an Indigenous writer or illustrator passionate about advancing Indigenous priorities, perspectives and world views?

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in Canada?

Would you like to see your work read by families across Canada and around the world and be featured in an online global free library celebrating the world’s diversity?

If you answered yes, we want you to be a part of our original storybook series!

As a writer, you will be responsible for creating stories (early readers) that delight children and explore priority themes identified by the communities we serve, including land-based activities such as ice fishing and maple syrup production, legends and teachings such as those of the Seven Grandfathers, Indigenous leaders such as water protector Autumn Peltier and world champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig, and Indigenous hockey stars. As an illustrator, you will be responsible for creating illustrations that bring these stories to life.


  • Identify as Indigenous.
  • Exceptional writing or illustration skills.
  • Passion for advancing Indigenous priorities, perspectives and world views.
  • Talent for illustrating humans.
  • A desire to create fun, original and dynamic stories that will delight young children.


  • Be a part of an exciting project that celebrates Indigenous culture.
  • Showcase your work to a national and global audience.
  • Work on a non-profit project with a positive impact on the community.
  • Be a part of a global free library launching in February that will be available to everyone globally.
  • Have your artist bio featured in the global free library alongside your work, with an accompanying video statement.
How to Apply

Submit your portfolio to

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

The first successful applicants will be considered for multiple book assignments

Writers: $1,000/story
Illustrators: $2,000/story ~14 panels

Graphic promotion for First Nations Artists | Writers: Help create original storybooks that delight children and explore priority themes identified by the communities we serve | Illustrators: Bring these stories to life. | Global Free Library | Contribute to a new online collection of original children's storybooks | Help provide culturally appropriate content to emerging readers | Advance language revitalization and reconciliation | Call or text 705.822.7821 | Paid Work