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 begin to shift the tide.
In our Nuu-chah-nulth communities on Vancouver Island’s west coast we’re working to make sure our children in remote communities are exposed to science and traditional knowledge from their elders and knowledge holders. Nuu-chah-nulth and other First Nations are underrepresented in resource management and harvest careers.
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. Through being exposed to science in this way, the kids can recognize many possibilities for careers in science.
Donating $85 will send one child to camp. Though any amount will help us reach our goal!
Your contribution to this year’s Shift the Tide campaign 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.
This year we have a special perk for those who donate $120 or more. Your very own deck of Ocean Knowledge Cards!
Uu-a-thluk partnered with Ocean Networks Canada to develop a deck of Ocean Knowledge Cards to be used as an education tool and to promote the importance of marine species within Nuu-chah-nulth Ha-ha-houlthee (chiefly territories) and the Nuu-chah-nulth languages. The cards highlight 36 species of sea life found along Vancouver Island’s west coast and show the ways that Nuu-chah-nulth people harvest and prepare these sea foods.
Take these cards to the seashore to help identify species, explore habitat, learn how Nuu-chah-nulth use these species, and discover scientific knowledge.
Last summer 141 children from Ahousaht, Ditidaht, Hupacasath, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Tseshaht, Uchucklesaht and Yuu?u?i??at? First Nations participated in Uu-a-thluk science camps. Since 2005, Science Venture and the University of Victoria have partnered with Uu-a-thluk to bring a combination of science and Nuu-chah-nulth cultural knowledge to kids in Nuu-chah-nulth communities. Currently, Nuu-chah-nulth people are under-represented in careers like fisheries, aquatic biology and management. Science camps help foster enthusiasm while allowing hands-on learning experiences. You can help foster a love of science by helping more children take part.
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.
How can I sponsor a child to attend?
Option A: Sponsor
My $85 will pay for one child to go to science camp. A donation of $120+ gets you your very own deck of Ocean Knowledge cards.
Option B: Donate Any Amount
I would like to contribute towards sending a child to science camp.
Prefer to Pay by Cheque?
Make cheques payable to the following:
WCVI/Nuu-chah-nulth-aht Management Society
Mail your cheques to the following address:
Nuu-chah-nulth Science Camp Fund
c/o West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Centre
7-5440 Argyle Street
Port Alberni, BC
Attn: Marilyn Causton
Science camp schedule 2017
July 10-14: Tseshaht in Port Alberni
July 17-21: Ehattesaht in Zeballos
July 24-28: Ditidaht in Nitinat
July 31-August 4: Tla-o-qui-aht in Tofino
August 7-11: Camp Break
August 14-18: Mowachaht/Muchalaht in Gold River
August 21-25: Hupacasath/Uchucklesaht in Port Alberni
Special thanks to our 2016 donors
Cermaq Canada Ltd.
Port Alberni Port Authority
Native Fishing Association
Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation
Pacific Boat Brokers Inc.
Pacific Halibut Management Association
Pacific Sea Cucumber Harvesters Association
Underwater Harvesters Association