Walking with the Skwxwù7mesh
The David Suzuki Foundation, Ayes Men Men, the Squamish Nation and Camp Fircom have partnered to offer camps on beautiful Chá7elkwnech (Gambier Island) in British Columbia’s Atl’ka7tsem (Howe Sound). Camp Suzuki at Chá7elkwnech is a nature-based summer camp that combines coastal protection training and First Nations education. Regardless of your age, it offers a chance to disconnect from technology and reconnect to nature.
If you have questions about this program, please contact the David Suzuki Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 12-16, age 19+
An adult summer camp dedicated to building a profound connection with the Skwxù7mesh territory, the ocean, plants, animals, songs, language and peoples. Led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitators, this week at camp is about taking action to foster reconciliation through building relationships.
August 12-16, ages 8-12
Come and make new friends and get to know Chá7elkwench (Gambier Island), guided by Skwxwù7mesh (Squamish) culture. Indigenous and non-Indigenous campers, counsellors and facilitators will walk together through this week of joyful play and exploration.
August 12-18, ages 13-14
Polaris is an exciting camp specifically designed for teens. In this co-ed, seven-day program, youth are given a more active role in shaping their week and learn to lead themselves within a group. Participants will enjoy kayaking, archery, tie-dye, outdoor living, leadership challenge initiatives, canoeing and a three-day out-trip!
A movement is growing in Howe Sound
Young adults are connecting to the region they love, to nature and to each other.
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Morning shukw'um with the Squamish Nation at Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound. (Photo: Jennifer Deol)
Canoes and kayaks at Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound. (Photo: Janice Williams)
Ethnobotany with Jared Van Somer from Ayas Men Men.
Sea Change leads Camp Suzuki on eel grass restoration in Howe Sound.
Paddlers at Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound.
Suzuki Elders lead a storytelling and narrative workshop.
There’s always time for a swim.
Members of the Squamish Nation share traditional song and dance.