Photo above: Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell interacting with campers and camp counsellors.
Alberta's Minister of Education and Lieutenant Governor visit camp at Tsuut'ina Nation
July 2017 (Edmonton) - Alberta's Minister of Education, the Hon. David Eggen and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, The Hon. Lois Mitchell, travelled to Tsuut'ina Nation on July 28 to visit campers and camp counsellors at the Summer Literacy Camp in the community. This the second consecutive year that the literacy camp - a partnership between Tsuut'ina Nation and Frontier College, with funding from the Alberta Ministry of Education - has taken place in the community.
The special guests were welcomed by Councillor Stanley Big Plume and other community leaders. During the visit, guests saw the camp in action, viewed a selection of camp journals and crafts, and spoke to the campers and camp counsellors. The children also performed a traditional song and dance, taught and led by Ngatai Crowchild from the Tsuut'ina Gunaha Institute.
During the visit, the minister also took the opportunity to announce the Government of Alberta's financial support for this vital program - $1.6M over three years - which is taking place in thirteen other communities across northern Alberta this year. The camps are aimed at supporting Indigenous student achievement and preventing summer learning loss. The funding will also include additional year-round literacy support for five communities. At the end of the visit, the community presented the Minister and Lieutenant Governor with traditional blankets as tokens of appreciation.
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Photo above: Campers welcoming guests with a traditional song and dance accompanied by hand drumming.
- In 2017, the Indigenous Summer Literacy Camps are taking place in 16 communities across mainly northern Alberta. The host communities are Fort Chipewyan, Peerless Trout First Nation, Little Buffalo, Gift Lake Metis Settlement, Kapawe'no First Nation/Grouard, Bigstone Cree First Nation & Wabasca, Peavine Metis Settlement, Paul Band First Nation, Maskwacis (Samson Cree Nation and Ermineskin Cree Nation), Beaver Lake First Nation, Tsuut'ina Nation, Janvier /Prairie Chipewyan First Nation, Conklin, Heart Lake First Nation, as well as camps at two locations in Edmonton held in partnership with the Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools. The first Summer Literacy Camp in Alberta took place in Fort Chipewyan in 2007.
- The camps aim to support Indigenous student achievement by promoting a love of reading and learning, prevent summer learning loss, and engaging parents and community members in the children's learning. In addition to the Summer Literacy Camps, Frontier College will also be working with five of the host communities to offer year-round literacy support.
- In delivering the Summer Literacy Camps, Frontier College partners with the leadership, education authorities, and schools in the communities, as well as other community-based organizations and provincial supporters.
Photo above: Local councillor, Stanley Big Plume, presenting Minister Eggen with a traditional blanket.