Photo above: MLA Doyle Piwniuk (centre in blue jacket) posing for a group photo with campers at Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, along with Chief Vince Tacan (second from right), camp counsellors, and Frontier College staff.
August 2017 (Winnipeg, MB) - Manitoba MLA and Deputy Speaker, The Hon. Doyle Piwniuk
, travelled to Sioux Valley Dakota Nation on August 16, to visit the Summer Literacy Camp in the community. He was met by Chief Vince Tacan and Frontier College's Regional Manager, Thona Longneck.
During the visit, the guests were able to see the camp in action as well as view the writing and various artwork produced by the campers over the past few weeks of camp. Both Chief Tacan and MLA Piwniuk also took turns reading a storybook to the eager and attentive children in attendance. This is the fifth summer that the Summer Literacy Camp - a partnership between Frontier College and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation - has taken place in the community.
The Summer Literacy Camp at Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is one of a number of similar summer camps in First Nations and communities across the province that are funded by the Government of Manitoba.
Photo above: Chief Tacan reading to campers.
Photo above: MLA Doyle Piwniuk reading to campers.
- The camps - held in partnership between Frontier College and host First Nations and communities - are aimed at cultivating a love of reading and providing a holistic, learning environment for Indigenous children so as to mitigate the impacts of summer learning loss. By enabling children to continue learning and thriving during the summer, the camps will enable students to maintain and strengthen their literacy skills and thereby return to school more confident and better prepared to learn and succeed. The first Summer Literacy Camp in Manitoba was held in partnership with Hollow Water First Nation in 2009.
- The Government of Manitoba has been supporting the Summer Literacy Camps for many years, and in 2016, announced that it will fund literacy camps in a number of First Nations across the province over the next three years. (Watch: http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=978965). In addition to Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, the other communities are Hollow Water First Nation, Misipawistik Cree Nation, Fisher River Cree Nation, Waywayseecappo First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Mystery Lake School District, and Sapotaweyak Cree Nation.
- In addition to these communities, Frontier College is also partnering with Sayisi Dene First Nation to offer a Summer Literacy Camp in the community this summer.