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Twenty Aboriginal youth developed their artistic skills at the Turtle Island Summer Arts Camp. Twenty Aboriginal youth developed their artistic skills at the Turtle Island Summer Arts Camp.

Culture and creativity focus of Turtle Island arts camp

Making dream catchers and medicine pouches with local artist and alumna Kathryn Pasquach were some of the activities that Aboriginal youth took part in at the Turtle Island Summer Arts Camp which took place July 6 to 24.

Twenty First Nations, Metis, and Inuit youth from the Windsor-Essex County area produced Aboriginal artwork while learning about their history and culture. The camp, led by coordinator Maya Menear, included such activities as weaving native baskets with Walpole Island artist Torey Day, and painting tipi night-lights with Walpole Island artists Peter and Faith Redmond.

“The camp provides a safe place for the youth to develop their artistic skills and self-confidence,” says Aboriginal outreach coordinator Danielle Handsor. “All while making lifelong friendships and having fun.” 

The UWindsor Aboriginal Education Centre program is held in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, Apatisiwin Employment Program, New Beginnings and Focus on Youth. 

Read more on the centre’s website.