Aboriginal Summer Camps

Note – No longer available.

Our partnership with Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (Xyolhemeylh) since 2006 has resulted in a unique educational model. UBC students learn alongside Aboriginal youth at summer camps led by Elders, youth workers and cultural leaders. Students learn cultural safety and about developing culturally appropriate relationships by spending 3-4 days in the community. Cultural immersion for health professional students allows the community to become their teacher.

UBC students from across the various health professions have an opportunity to engage with and experience Aboriginal culture.They are seen as good role models and sources of information for the youth. They provide health related workshops (topics chosen by the community) in exchange for their learning experience.
Common topics include: sexual health, drug use, mental health & self-harm, nutrition, doctors’ roles and responsibilities (e.g. confidentiality) and how to become a doctor, social worker, nurse, etc.

For more information about the camps and to get involved contact Cathy Kline at cckline@mail.ubc.ca


Summer Camps:

Natural Changes Camp

A cultural camp for young ladies ages 10-16. Young women are lead by elders/female role models through a series of games and cultural ceremonies that provide guidance and blessings as a girl transitions into womanhood.

Warrior Camp

A cultural camp for young men ages 12-19. Young men are lead by elders/male role models through a series of games and cultural ceremonies that provide guidance and blessings as a boy transitions into manhood.

Family Spirit Camp

Family Spirit Camp gives families an understanding of traditions, culture, and improved communication and healing through interactive activities.

Caregiver Camp

Caregiver Camp is hosted each year to give foster care families an understanding of traditions and culture.

Youth Camp

Cultural camp for all First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth ages 12-19. Youth learn topics through recreational activities and circles.

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