Tennis balls and lacrosse sticks were recently a key part of the recreational component of Camp Migizi, one of the Summer Learning Programs offered for three weeks by the Greater Essex County District School Board (the other SLPs in the board are Camp Wonder and Camp Merveille).
According to the Windsor Star, “Camp Migizi is unique from the other two (SLP programs) in that it’s for students from kindergarten to Grade 6 who identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit (FNMI).”
Tina DeCastro, the board’s FNMI and summer camp consultant, notes that while Camp Migizi’s instructional focus is still on reducing the learning gap in literacy and math, students read books by Indigenous authors and receive instruction in the Oneida and Ojibwe language from local community leaders known as knowledge leaders or authentic voices.
Adds Ms. DeCastro, “these students are so spread out across our system, this gives them an opportunity to create friendships and really build a community network.”
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