A seven-day on-the-land training camp for Indigenous teens took place just outside of Hedley on ancestral land from July 14 to 21.
The camp was grounded in the teachings of the Okanagan First Nations but was for all Indigenous youth.
Participating this year was Syilx youth in the Similkameen with other Indigenous youth from all across B.C., including Duncan, Masset, Squirrel Cove and Williams Lake as well as from Whitecourt, Alta., Tisdale, Sask., Southwold in Ontario and even Bawku, Ghana.
New this year, the camp is hosting Mob Bounce, a socially-conscious Indigenous hip-hop group that includes a blend of modern day electronic day music.
The goal of the organization running the camp, IndigenEYEZ, is to transform communities. Its mission is to inspire an inter-generational legacy of well-being among First Nations people in B.C. and beyond.
It works with teens to instill empathy, teamwork and innovation—critical skills, organizers say, for leaders of tomorrow.
The training camp for Indigenous youth and mentors also aims to strengthen skills in delivering workshops on climate change, water stewardship and land advocacy in the young people’s own community.
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