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									Uu-a-thluk Summer Camps Finish in Yuquot
                                                        Uu-a-thluk          wrapped           “I’ve learned a lot from the community,” Welton said.
                                                       up the last of three science       “Our program is about reciprocal learning, and these kids
                                                     camps during Mowachaht/              have taught me a lot.”
                                                  Muchalaht’s annual Summerfest               Adam agreed. “It’s not just us coming in here and talking
                                               campout in August. Among the tents         about our ideas. This week we saw traditional knowledge
                                            and tarps erected by families taking part     being taught along with the Western view of science. To have
                                        in the Yuquot event, children and teens                   the two viewpoints is very important.”
                                   stalked insects with homemade bug-                                      In a joint partnership between Uu-a-thluk and
                                catchers, explored marine wildlife on                                      Mowachaht/Muchlaht, children and teens also
                                                                                   It’s not just
                             nearby beaches, and learned how to                                               learned about harvesting and preparing
                         clean up oil spills.                               us coming in here and               wild foods from their Nation’s members.
                          “I think it’s an exciting opportunity            talking about our ideas.              Recreation leader John Amos took
                    for kids to change their perceptions about         This week we saw traditional               interested youth on a seafood harvesting
                  science,” said instructor Cameron Adam.            knowledge being taught along                 walk to gather                 (chitons)—
                “There is a difference from other camps with the Western view of science. with great results.
               because we focus on experiential tasks. Kids                                                           “I learned from my grandparents—
              remember what they learn and become familiar
                                                                      To have the two viewpoints is               Francis and Margaret Amos—back in
             with concepts that might otherwise seem                           very important.                   the 80’s,” Amos said.
             intimidating.”                                                  —Science Venture instructor             Overall, the camps were a success,
                  In contrast, over 40 children and teens                        Cameron Adam                 with almost 100 youth attending between
              enthusiastically took part in the weeklong program                                          the three regions.
              designed to interest kids in science, math, and engineering                                 “It’s a big privilege to get the opportunity to
               concepts using hands-on activities and games.                                    come into these communities,” concluded Adam. “This
                    “The fact that they’re so excited—that’s the most positive            week we’re involved in a community event. It’s not just a
                 thing…that’s exactly what we’re trying to achieve,” Adam said.           camp. It’s really exciting for us and really nice that they would
                      Teaching alongside Adam was instructor Sarah Welton.                choose to have us during such an important week.”
                   Both are science students at the University of Victoria headed             For more information about Uu-a-thluk’s education
                    for education degrees. Both work for Science Venture, the             programs, contact Norine Messer at 250-735-4111 or
                     university’s science education program. Yuquot was their    Special thanks to the B.C.
                      third and final camp in Nuu-chah-nulth territory. Welton had        Capacity Initiative for making these programs possible.
                       previously led similar camps in Anacla and Kyuquot.

                                 As part
                           of its summer
                         Uu-a-thluk also
                         helped students
                        attend two other
                         camps. In early
                        June, 25 students
                      from Wickaninnish
                         and Maaqtusiis                     Children who took part in the Yuquot science camp learned about sea
                       schools attended                  creatures on the beach during a tidepool walk with science camp instructors.
                            Camp at the
                        Tofino Botanical
                            Gardens. In
                          July, 11 students
                         attended Future
                         Leaders on the
                         Water delivered
                           by the Centre
                            for Shellfish
                          Research. Both
                       camps introduced
                        students to adult
                           mentors and
                      helped participants                        Participants from Uu-a-thluk’s last science camp of the summer
                         build leadership                        gathered at Yuquot in mid August to learn about science, math,
                                skills.                                            and engineering concepts.

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