Educational summer camps in full swing

July 16, 2014

A number of summer camps for Aboriginal youth, offered by PSE institutions and other organizations, are up and running, with the goals of improving education outcomes, increasing student interest in PSE, and providing life and survival skills. Western University's Indigenous Youth Mini-University Summer Program is in its 8th year, and aims to interest Aboriginal youth in PSE through experiential learning led by Indigenous student-leaders, faculty, and staff. First Nations University’s Health and Science Camp uses traditional Indigenous toys and games to teach kids math and culture. Saskatoon’s Next Up leadership camp helps Indigenous youth develop a better sense of their own strengths, enhancing leadership and public speaking skills. The Greater Essex County District School Board’s Summer Learning Program has a designated portion of the program devoted to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in grades K–8 (Camp Migizi). Students work on reading, writing, and oral storytelling with cultural components in order to improve literacy. Simon Fraser University has launched an inaugural math/English camp for Aboriginal students in grades 8-11, designed to improve students’ math performance and introduce them to the PSE experience. The Canadian Forces holds a Junior Canadian Rangers camp every summer for Aboriginal youth from Ontario’s northern communities, designed to teach youth survival and life-saving skills. WesternU News Release | Leader-Post | StarPhoenix | Windsor Star |SFU News Release | CBC