The summer is a great time for kids to learn about the natural world and their place in it. Yet, the cost to Nuu-chah-nulth families to send their children to summer camp is usually too great. Unemployment rates are high in isolated west coast communities, and travel costs are even higher.
The upside to this story is that with your help, we can shift the tide.
We’re working in our Nuu-chah-nulth communities on Vancouver Island’s west coast, to make sure children in remote areas are exposed to western science and traditional knowledge from their Elders and knowledge holders. Nuu-chah-nulth and other First Nations are underrepresented in careers like fisheries, aquatic biology and resource management, and we would like to change that by fostering interest in these areas through fun, hands-on learning.
Since 2005, we have partnered with Science Venture (a program based at the University of Victoria) and the University of Victoria to bring a combination of science and Nuu-chah-nulth cultural knowledge to kids in Nuu-chah-nulth communities.
Uu-a-thluk science camps help re-connect Nuu-chah-nulth children to ocean resources, encouraging them to pursue jobs related to marine science, medicine/health, chemistry, biology and environmental science/conservation.
Donations toward the camps are collected through the University of Victoria website, on the Science Venture page.
Your gift of any amount can help send a child to camp. To donate to our camps, click here.
Exploring ocean creatures at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre touch tank
during 2019 science camp.
Last year, a small group of children from Yuu?u?i??at?, Uchucklesaht, Ditidaht and Hesquiaht First Nations participated in our first ever virtual Uu-a-thluk science camps prompted by COVID-19 safety restrictions. We are so grateful for the flexibility and ingenuity of our partners at Science Venture who made the online camps possible! This summer (2021), we once again offered camps online, only this time we were familiar with online learning and knew what to expect.
Read more about last year’s science camps here.
Examining insects under magnification during 2020 online science camp.
The cost of offering virtual camps was significantly lower than delivering them to communities, but we anticipate returning to in-person camps for summer 2022 and gratefully welcome your contribution toward our camps. Donations will be held over until our camps return to Nuu-chah-nulth communities.
To send your gift by cheque, please mail a cheque payable to the University of Victoria to the following address:
University of Victoria
Re: Uu-a-thluk Science Venture Camp
PO Box 1700, Victoria, BC
V8W 2Y2 Canada
Your generosity will help us bring science camps to Nuu-chah-nulth communities and allow a child to spend one week learning about biology, chemistry, physics, engineering (including traditional ocean knowledge) in an engaging way. These early experiences can greatly impact a kid’s life and positively influence his or her life choices.
What is Science Venture camp?
Science Venture is a non-profit organization that offers hands-on, minds-on science for kids in grades 1 through 12. Science Venture’s programs are operated through the University of Victoria.
What else happens at science camp?
Uu-a-thluk works with Nuu-chah-nulth communities to incorporate traditional teachings into our science camps. This includes visits and teachings from Elders who hold a wealth of knowledge about managing our resources. We also ensure the science camps delivered in Nuu-chah-nulth communities have a focus on fisheries and the marine environment.
Klecko klecko (thank you) for your gifts.
We value each and every one.