Métis youth enjoy Camp Kitchikewana on Beausoleil Island

Camp Kitchikewana On Beausoleil Island
Métis youth on Beausoleil Island at Camp
Kitchikewana. Click here for larger picture.

This summer twenty-three Métis youth attended Camp Kitchikewana thanks to the support from the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Georgian Bay Métis Council (GBMC).

Camp Kitchikewana is located on Beausoleil Island National Park in Georgian Bay and it is one of the first places Métis settlers stayed when they came to the area. Beausoleil Island is named after Louis Beausoleil who was a Métis settler. Beausoleil Island is the second largest freshwater Island in the world making up the largest part of Georgian Bay Islands National Parks as well as two YMCA camps.

Camp Kitchikewana youth stayed on the Island. The camp is staffed by very positive and upbeat Councilors. The Councilors ensured each child was included and had a wonderful camp experience. This year the children participated in traditional fire starting using bow and drill, flints, stone and steel. It was amazing how well some of the youth could get the fires started using these methods. They also had the opportunity to canoe and kayak, which was a big hit for the kids. The children hiked in the woods learning about medicinal plants from Parks Canada Employee Shawn Corbiere. Shawn also performed moose calling and led the children in two rattlesnake captures (and releases) and one bear sighting.

This year the camp had a mixture of first time and returning campers. A lot of the youth have never met each other before but they soon became friends. The youth had the opportunity to meet and develop bonds with each other and find out who else is Métis in their home communities. Some of the youth attended the camp from the MNO GBMC’s communities of Barrie and Orillia. There were also some returning campers from Kitchener.

Camp youth councillor Dalton Latondress led the campers during the trip. Dalton handled the leadership role gaining the respect of the younger campers and several other older youth took on leadership roles as well, assisting the camp and providing gret leadership for the youth.

The MNO GBMC thanks April Bellinger and Ontario Power Generation for by providing the funding for the trip.

Click here for more information on the 2016 Annual Camp Kitchikewana trip: /news-media/news/mno-council-holds-annual-aboriginal-week-youth-trip-to-ymca-camp/

Posted: July 31, 2017

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