8 November 2017 (Toronto, ON) - Frontier College staff, supporters, and former camp counsellors gathered along with sponsors and partners of the Lieutenant Governor's Indigenous Summer Reading Camps for a reception at Frontier College's national office in Toronto to celebrate yet another successful season of the Camps in Ontario. Among the dignitaries present were the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell
; Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, The Hon. David Zimmer
; and former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and founder of the Indigenous Summer Literacy Camps program, The Hon. James Bartleman.
The evening began with a warm welcome from Frontier College's President, Stephen Faul, followed by a traditional welcome and song from special guest, Jenny Blackbird - a multidisciplinary artist and educator. Guests also heard from the Lieutenant Governor, The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, who thanked and commended sponsors and supporters for their invaluable contributions and continuing support of the Camps; as well as from the Minister of Education, The Hon. Mitzie Hunter (who was unable to attend but sent official greetings); Shama Ahmed - Manager of Community Giving at TD Bank Group; and Charlene Williams, a former camp counsellor with the Camps program.
The official report for the 2017 Camps was released at the event, and guests also had the chance to view a short video from 2016 that described the impacts of a partnership between Frontier College and Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick on a similar Literacy and Math camp held in the community. Some photos of the Camps in action were also on display at the reception.
Photo above: (Left to Right) Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Hon. James Bartleman; Frontier College's Director of Programs and Impact, Sarah Thompson; and Anthony Hylton, Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Governor's Office.
Photo above: Artist and educator, Jenny Blackbird.
- In 2017, the Indigenous Summer Reading Camps reached 2,693 children and youth in 24 First Nations in Northern Ontario.
- The Camps also recorded 620 visits by parents, Elders, and community members who took part in activities, and shared their knowledge and skills with the children
- In a national survey of teachers and educators, 85% said that Camps helped increased students' academic readiness
- 96% of parents said Camps helped their child develop stronger reading, writing, and other skills
Photo above: (Left to Right) Frontier College's President and CEO, Stephen Faul; the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell; and Ontario Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, The Hon. David Zimmer.