University outreach to Indigenous youth is critical to closing the gap in postsecondary education for Indigenous people.
The Summer Institute of Indigenous Storytelling and Filmmaking offers a one-week program for students to explore how to tell stories – both orally and visually through traditional storytelling and filmmaking practices. The program provides Indigenous youth in grades 6–8 the opportunity to experience Laurier’s Waterloo campus while participating in various physical and cultural activities.
Created in partnership with the Faculty of Science, Mama Aki – Mother Earth Camp ran a pilot program in the summer of 2018 for Indigenous youth in grade 7. The camp focuses on linking scientific theories with Indigenous knowledge and the activities reflected the grade 7 curriculum in Biology. Youth participated in activities focusing on life in the Grand River, learning about composting and waste management, diet, health and the environment.
Mama Aki Mother Earth Camp will be transitioning to an online format. Registered youth will participate in virtual programming every Tuesday from June 8 to July 27, 2021, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Registered participants will be mailed all equipment/materials needed to participate in programming. The program is open to 20 Indigenous youth!
To register, complete the Mama Aki Mother Earth Camp registration form. The registration deadline is Monday, April 12, 2021.
This camp helps our youth reconnect to their ancestral language, culture and songs, introduce themselves and their families in the language, and learn how to sing, dance and introduce Iroquoian social songs. This program runs through March Break at Laurier’s Brantford campus.