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Stories of Belonging to air on CBC's IDEAS

For former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the question of belonging is at the heart of her 2014 Massey Lectures. In our "Stories of Belonging" writing challenge, Canadians from coast to coast of all ages and walks of life shared with us their powerful true stories of belonging and exclusion in their lives.

Read original true stories of belonging (and non-belonging) by these Governor General's Literary Award winners and finalists:

Rawi Hage

"A Letter to a Neighbour"

Greg Hollingshead

"Living Big"

Susin Nielsen

"Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)"

Teresa Toten

"Everybodies Has Got Someting"

Priscila Uppal

"Circle of Light"


On Monday, November 17, CBC Radio's Ideas is talking to the above authors about their stories in a special broadcast.


Note: the submission period for Stories of Belonging is now closed. 
Thanks to everyone who participated! Read the stories below. The winners in the adult (19+) and youth (12-18) categories will be revealed on a special broadcast of CBC Radio's Ideas on November 17.

We asked you to share your personal story about belonging for a chance to win one of two $1,000 prizes from the Canada Council for the Arts (two age categories: 12-18, and 19 and over). You wrote from the heart about a moment or journey that made you feel like you belonged—or like you didn’t.

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