Camp Suzuki at Chá7elkwnech

Camp Suzuki at Chá7elkwnech offers a rare opportunity to learn about Atl’ka7tsem’s (Howe Sound) rich history, Squamish Nation culture and language, conservation leadership and coastal ecosystems.

Walking with the Squamish

Are you ready to spend a week in nature with the David Suzuki Foundation and members of the Squamish Nation? Join us August 10 to 14 for the experience of a lifetime.

Since 2015, the David Suzuki Foundation, Ayes Men Men, the Squamish Nation and Camp Fircom have worked together 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.

Along with teaching from members of the Squamish nation — including the famed Canoe Family — Camp Suzuki at Chá7elkwnech: Walking with the Squamish will feature seminars from David Suzuki Foundation staff and other skilled educators. This camp is particularly useful to teachers, who can incorporate the Squamish teachings and methods into fulfilling the new provincial curriculum.

This retreat will fill up quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about this amazing program, please contact campsuzuki@davidsuzuki.org.

COVID-19 Update

Camp Suzuki at Chá7elkwnech: Walking with the Squamish is still scheduled for the week of August 10. If the camp is cancelled due to public health restrictions, all registrants will receive a full refund from Camp Fircom.

Please see https://www.fircom.ca/blog for the most recent updates.

Any decision to cancel the camp will be made in accordance with the recommendations of the provincial health officer.

Adventure awaits — August 10-14, 2020

Camp Suzuki at Chá7elkwnech Adult Leadership retreat participants

Adult camps

August 10 – 14, age 19+

The adult leadership retreat brings together Squamish Nation history, practice, culture, stories and stewardship in a welcoming and encouraging outdoor education setting. With seminars in ethnobotany, Squamish history, language and culture, canoeing, ecosystem mapping and more, you’ll leave the camp with a deeply enriched understanding of this place.

Note: Teachers can apply for pro-d funds to help offset camp fees. Contact your district pro-d officer for details.

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Camp Fircom Kids Summer Camp

Kids camps

August 10 – 14, ages 8-12

The kids’ camps host all the summer fun and adventure a kid could hope for, but with rich cultural teachings from the Squamish First Nation. Your kids will make new friends during this week of joyful exploration, with activities including cedar weaving, canoeing, Squamish language, singing and dancing with educators from the Squamish nation.

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Canoes and kayaks at Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound

Polaris camps

August 10 – 16, ages 13-14

In this co-ed, seven-day program, youth get an active role in shaping their week, learning to lead themselves in a group setting. Participants will enjoy Squamish-led language and cultural workshops as well as kayaking, archery, leadership, canoeing and a three-day out trip!

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The experience of a lifetime

The teachings of the Squamish people, paddling together in the canoe, stories by the fire, ethnobotany, language, storytelling, and so many candid conversations over meals or in down time opened my eyes even wider to a diversity of opinions, experiences and cultural histories. I take these new insights into my everyday life, sharing my experiences with my friends and family.

Fonda, 2019 Camp Suzuki leadership graduate