Aboriginal Youth Rendezvous 2012

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Aboriginal Youth Rendezvous

Aboriginal Youth Rendezvous 2012

Over the three days the Aboriginal Youth Rendezvous 2012 (AYR2012) at Camp Kitchikewana will provide youth with opportunities to learn about First Nations, Inuit and Metis culture and history, environmental issues and stewardship, researching and writing skills, videography skills, and develop confidence in the outdoors through canoeing , hiking, camping, fire building, star gazing, outdoor cooking, swimming and nature hikes. We hope to have youth commit to working on an environmental project with the group they meet at Camp Kitchikewana over the course of 2012-2013. Youth and leaders will communicate over video conferencing and social networking sites over the next year.

Location: Camp Kitchikewana is located on Beausoleil Island on Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Camp Kitchikewana,
Box 71,
Honey Harbour, ON P0E 1E0
Google Map

approximately 40 aboriginal and non-aboriginal youth aged 16 to 21 and 15 staff.

Teachers and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth leaders are responsible for:

  1. Fundraising and paying the accommodation and meal expenses for their students and themselves directly to the administration for Camp Kitchikewana. Please contact for details.
  2. Swim testing and canoe training their students in their community pool. Students must meet the canoeing Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines specified by OPHEA (Ontario Physical & Health Education Association) and swim 50 meters fully-clothed, demonstrate a rolling entry into deep water and tread water for 1 minute.
  3. Supervising their students at all times in the cabins, dining hall, workshop sessions, swimming area, fishing area, canoeing and on site.

To build healthy friendships between aboriginal and non-aboriginal students while working together on environmental projects and outdoor and environmental education activities.

Wednesday 2012

9:00 am- Bus leaves from PASNorth.

12:00 noon Arrival at Honey Harbour. Boat ride to Camp Kitchikewana.

12:30 pm Arrival at Camp Kitchikewana

  • Check in
  • Cabin assignments
  • Clan Assignments

1:30 p.m. Clan Meeting in the dining hall

  • Camp Kitchikewana staff explain community guidelines and rules.
  • Clan purpose and guidelines explained.
  • Clan mascots and cheer created.
  • Clan initiative tasks
  • Trust Sequence Activity (outside) - Led by Grant and Scott.
  • Inuit Blanket Toss Activity (outside) - Led by Grant and Scott.

3:30 p.m. Group Hike to explore the site.

4:00 p.m. Group Canoeing in north canoes. Students who wish to participate must pass the swim test that previously took place back at your home school pool.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner

6:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony in the dining hall

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Clan Workshop #1 and Social. The snack will be available at 9:00 a.m.

Workshop Leaders
If we obtain the funding requested, we are hoping to have the following workshop leaders join us.

Thursday 2012

7:00 a.m. (Optional) Trail running with Scott. Canoeing with Camp Kitchikewana staff. Fishing with a volunteer youth leader.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Clan Workshop #2

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Hall

1:00 to 2:15 p.m. Rob's students will do a high ropes activity.

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Clans set up and prepare for the WALO (Water Air Land Orientation)

2:30 p.m. WALO (Water Air Land Orientation)
David's students will organize and implement the WALO for all our participants. WALO is very similar to "The Amazing Race." Meet at the campfire circle below the dining hall.

4:30 p.m. Archaeology Presentation from a Parks Canada staff person

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Clan Workshop #3

8:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies in the dining hall.

9:00 p.m. Campfire story telling, sing song and grandmother drummming. We hope to have James join us to do his Mafia Game. Meet at the campfire circle below the dining hall. Snack will be served at the fireside.

10:00 p.m. Star gazing at Flagpole Point.

Friday 2012

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Closing Ceremonies and thank yous in the dining hall.

8:30 a.m. pack up gear and clean out cabins

9:30 a.m. Boat to Honey Harbour and Bus ride home.