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Aboriginal sports organization holds summer camps

Monday August 25, 2014
Aboriginal sports organization holds summer camps

More youth in Thunder Bay enjoyed summer camps at Lakehead University this month, thanks to ActiveU partnering with the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO).

ActiveU, now in its third year of operation, has continued to expand to meet the needs of the community, with over 110 campers (ages 8-13) enrolled over the summer months.

“We’re so happy to welcome ASWCO to the ActiveU program and facilitate essential summer activities to local youth,” said program coordinator Amanda Nesbitt in a media release.

“Together, we’re working to provide more options for youth in the community to get together in a healthy environment and reinforce our motto, Active Minds, Active Bodies.”
ASWCO chair Marc Laliberte echoed her sentiments.

“We’re pleased that we’ve been able to blend into ActiveU’s existing programming, with their facilities, staff and reputation for offering a diverse suite of physical and learning activities for youth. This partnership has removed barriers facing youth, and afforded them an enriching summer camp experience. From Limbrick to the east end, from Current River to Fort William First Nation and everywhere in between, we’ve got a good thing going here for young people.”

Through a network of funding from the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and the 2015 Pan-Am Games’ ‘Ignite’ Program, ASWCO received a grant to subsidize the ActiveU camps, including a lunch program for campers.

Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson was present on Thursday to lend a hand in promoting the fun and learning that would otherwise be unavailable to local youth.

“We’re here to inspire a new vision in the community,” Stevenson said. “Lakehead University is an exceptional place for the whole community, especially our youth, to gather, play and learn together.”

Representatives from the Indian Friendship Centre and the Multicultural Youth Council are also participating in the ActiveU camps this week, along with Yolanda Wanakamik and the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives. The project also got support from the Community Sport Councils of Ontario and their directors, Clay Melnike and Chris Charlebois.

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