City Inuit Summer Camp

Story and Photo by Lisa Gregoire, Nunatsiaq News
July 24, 2015

Made-for-Inuit summer camp brings the North to the city

“They are together, sharing the same issues, the same struggles.”–Dion Metcalfe

“Metcalfe is a Bridging the Gap youth worker with the Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families — he’s at the school today helping to deliver cultural programs at a free summer camp for Inuit children.”

“Every summer, the Inuuqatigiit offers free day camps — one week in July and one in August — for the children of Inuit families who live in Ottawa.

Children who attend get free transportation to and from the camp and also enjoy lunch and snacks throughout the day. Each day contains at least one cultural component although Inuktitut and Inuit culture are woven throughout.

For the program, the camp receives $1,000 from PPA Kids, a Pan Am and Parapan Am organization, and the rest of the funding is cobbled together from various Inuuqatigiit programs.”