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Indigenous Youth Career Camp: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, Encouraging Connections

July 9, 2017 - July 15, 2017


The Justice Institute of British Columbia believes that bringing Indigenous people and perspectives into justice, public safety and health is essential to achieve our national project of Truth and Reconciliation.  As the fastest growing demographic in Canada, Indigenous youth will make up a significant portion of British Columbia’s future workforce.  The Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) Indigenous Youth Camp –Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, Encouraging Connections, aims to build youth resiliency, establish positive relationships, and introduce youth to the broad spectrum of careers in justice, public safety and health.

*APPLICATION DEADLINE: Extended - we have 5 spots left, get your application in asap to get one of the last spots!

What is the JIBC Indigenous Youth Career Camp?

A one-week overnight summer camp for Indigenous students between the ages of 15 and 18*
*Age at the time of the camp

The camp promotes interest in careers in justice, public safety and health through applied education, cultural experience and connections, and engagements with a wide range of community partners at multiple JIBC campuses.

The camp provides great opportunities to meet new friends from across BC, connect with Elders and role models, and enjoy great food, fun, laughter and learning in a culturally safe and supportive environment. 

Join us to reflect on your gifts and how they might be applied to exciting and impactful careers in justice, public safety and health

Camp Objectives

  • Inform students about careers in justice, public safety and health;
  • Provide information on post-secondary prerequisites, course planning, and admissions criteria;
  • Offer an innovative and applied educational experience grounded in Indigenous culture;
  • Provide Indigenous role models in justice, public safety, and health;
  • Support cultural connections with Elders and knowledge keepers; and
  • Support connections with Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals in a variety of partner organizations in justice, public safety, and health.

Who Can Apply

We invite First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth between the ages of 15 and 18* to apply. 
 *Age at the time of the camp

When is it?

Sunday, July 9th – Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Where does the Camp take place?

The JIBC Indigenous Youth Camp will be based at Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem Healing Retreat Centre.  Daily activities will take place at the following JIBC campuses: New Westminster, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows.  Youth and supervisory staff will be transported between Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem and JIBC campuses on a chartered bus.  Cultural activities and team building activities will also take place at Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem Healing Retreat Centre.

How Much Does it Cost?

  • Accepted students must provide a $200.00 registration fee.
  • Bursaries to cover the registration fee of $200.00 will be available upon acceptance and as per request.  We do not want this fee to be a barrier.
  • The registration fee does not include travel to and from Vancouver. Students are encouraged to apply for funding from their band or school district.
  • Funding for the camp has been generously supported by RBC in partnership with JIBC to cover accommodations, meals, workshops, transportation, and cultural activities. 

Why Apply for the JIBC Indigenous Youth Camp?

You will make friendships, developed cultural connections, and connect your gifts to future academic and career opportunities in justice, public safety and health. Make memories that will last a lifetime through applied education and culturally grounded experience in a safe and supportive environment with our camp Elders, camp coordinator, and camp teachers and staff.

How Do I Apply?


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Last updated June 12, 2017