The camp, which includes a blend of online and in-person activities, is organized by the VIU ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal mentorship program.

A free summer camp for Indigenous youth in Grades 7-12 will connect students with culture, build community and make the transition to university easier.

The Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem: Building a Foundation for our Youth summer camp runs July 6 to August 18 and is organized and run by students in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal mentorship program. Aside from getting to know the mentors and other students, the camp will feature cultural teachings, personal development and goal setting workshops, land-based learning exercises, interactive games and outdoor activities. The goal is to get Indigenous youth to see themselves as belonging at post-secondary, and to show them that they don’t have to leave their culture behind when they attend.

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