Community as Teacher Cultural Camps

Since 2006, PCPE has partnered with Xyolhemeylh (also known as Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society) to provide cross-cultural learning opportunities for UBC health professional students to attend summer camps organized by the Stó:lō Nation community. Click here to watch a brief video about the Community as Teacher program.

Placements are for one of the 3-day or 4-day youth and family summer camps. The camps aim to teach children and youth about Aboriginal traditions and values. 

At the camps, students interact with the community, including elders, and participate in cultural events. This is a rare opportunity for students to be immersed in the unique culture of the Stó:lō peoples. Approximately 25 students in total can be accepted across all camps. Students are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will also go to ensuring various professions are represented.

Summer 2017 camp dates are listed below*:

  • Natural Changes Camp (women & girls only): July 18-21, 2017
  • Warrior Camp (men & boys only): July 18-21, 2017
  • Family Camp: August 11-13, 2017
  • Caregiver Camp (foster care families): August 18-20, 2017
  • Youth Day Camps (led by Stó:lō elder Sonny McHalsie): July 13, August 3, August 24

*All camps will take place in the Fraser Valley region. Specific locations for the camps have yet to be announced.

If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Tobi Reid, PCPE Research & Development Assistant, at tobi.reid@ubc.ca.
 

"Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (FVACFSS) provides culturally appropriate and holistic services through prevention, community development and child welfare programs to Aboriginal children, youth and their families residing on and off reserve communities throughout the Fraser Valley."

Xwélmexw Let’se Mot - Let’se Thale / People with One Mind – One Heart