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Inuvialuit Summer Literacy Camps 2019 Report

Some excerpts of the report: 2019 marks the second year of Summer Literacy Camps in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, organized by the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and Frontier College. This summer, camps reached 251 children in all 6 communities of the region.

The Summer Literacy Camps include a wide range of literacy-embedded activities to help kids explore the many ways that words and numbers are part of their lives.

Favourite activities this year included:

  •  Visits to the fire hall, health centre and enjoying activities such as scavenger hunts, nature walks, and science experiments
  • A variety of guest speakers, including nutritionists explaining the importance of a balanced diet, nurses showing the children about their profession and Elders reading traditional stories to the children

The Summer Literacy Camps provide a valuable employment opportunity for communities, as 39 counsellors from the region were hired in 2019 to run the program. 100% of the counsellors surveyed said that the position strengthened their employment skills, notably with regards to teamwork, communication, and the ability and confidence to work with children.

Each camp received approximately 200 free, high quality books, including books by Inuit authors. Campers take books home to keep. Research shows that reading at home is linked to school success, positive attitudes towards reading, and high levels of self-confidence.

In 2019, Elders and community members led 32 special presentations at camp. Parents, family members, and community members visited camp 214 times to read a book, play a game, or engage with the kids. Their presence helped to celebrate campers’ achievements and make each camp a unique experience.