Last week, we welcomed Manitoba Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Doyle Piwniuk to the Summer Literacy Camp at Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, along with community member Chief Vince Tacan. This was a great opportunity for Mr. Piwniuk to see the work we are doing in offering summer learning enrichment programs in Manitoba. The province supports summer learning, and this year as many as 2,000 students from grades 1 to 12 are improving their learning skills thanks to programs like the Summer Literacy Camps.
“We know that some students are at risk of falling behind due to learning loss over the summer months,” said Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart. “Summer learning opportunities provide critical support and give students a head start on the school year so they can stay on top of their studies and get the most out of their time in school.”
Frontier College works in partnership with eight Manitoba communities including Hollow Water First Nation, Misipawistik Cree Nation, Mystery Lake School District, Fisher River Cree Nation, Waywayseecappo First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, to offer Summer Literacy Camps for children that are aimed at mitigating learning loss and promoting Indigenous student achievement.
These holistic, multi-disciplinary camps provide enriched learning activities such as reading and writing, math and science, arts and music, life skills, language and culture. The camps engage parents, elders and community members in activities to share their knowledge and skills with the children. Funding will also support Teen Literacy and Career Camps that Frontier College offers in collaboration with Sapotaweyak Cree Nation and Waywayseecappo First Nation.
“We’re proud to partner with these communities to run our Summer Literacy Camps with the support of the Manitoba government,” said Stephen Faul, president and CEO, Frontier College. “By creating early learning opportunities for kids in a fun and supportive environment, the camps foster a love of reading that leads to increased confidence. Parents and teachers tell us their children are more prepared for returning to school after attending camp.”