Indigenous Education Services at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools is thrilled by the success of its recent Mentorship Camp for students in Grades 5, 7, 9 and 10.
The camp’s goal was to empower young students transitioning to a new school environment by offering a unique opportunity to connect with Indigenous role models, elders, and peers, while fostering a strong sense of culture and community.
The camp, held at Fort Normandeau on June 6 and 7, provided a safe and inclusive space for students.
Indigenous celebrities and esteemed elders generously offered their time, knowledge and wisdom to inspire and guide the participants.
They included the Powwow Times’ Patrick and Marissa Mitsuing; author and Chef Shane Chartrand; James Jones, a social media influencer better known as “Notorious Cree”, and local elders who have excelled in their respective fields and shared their stories of resilience, culture, and success.
“The Indigenous Education Services Team firmly believes in the power of mentorship, culture and community building. By bringing together Indigenous role models, elders, and students, we aim to create an environment that celebrates culture, nurtures growth, and empowers young individuals to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally,” said the team in a statement.
Throughout the camp, students had the opportunity to engage in interactive workshops, discussions, and activities tailored to their specific needs. Sessions covered a range of topics such as:
• Building self-confidence and self-identity.
• Navigating social dynamics and making new friends.
• Developing effective communication and teamwork skills.
• Learning Cree language.
• Understanding the significance of Indigenous cultures and traditions.
• Setting personal goals and creating a road map for success.
• Managing stress and adapting to change.
In addition to invaluable mentorship and guidance, the camp fostered a sense of belonging and community among the participants. Students had opportunities to connect with their peers, share experiences and forge friendships that will provide a strong support network during their transitional period.