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Date: July 27, 2004

Aboriginal Teens Live and Learn at UVic

Aboriginal high school students from across coastal B.C. are getting a taste of university life this summer at UVic’s inaugural “aboriginal student mini-university summer camp,” July 26-30.

During their stay, 29 students—who are from grades eight through 11—will live on campus and take part in a variety of activities including a writing workshop with celebrated Sencoten (Saanich) aboriginal poet Kevin Paul, who teaches fiction at UVic. They’ll also meet other aboriginal faculty and attend workshops on a range of subjects including robotics, computer animation, visual arts, and law. The week will culminate with a grad ceremony and traditional feast.

“We’re trying to encourage more aboriginal youth to consider a broader range of careers” says Bruno Rocca, UVic’s manager of student recruitment. “UVic is already training aboriginal students in education, child and youth care, law and indigenous governance, and now we also want to heighten the profile of the sciences, humanities and engineering. This camp is our effort to present options to aboriginal youth, show what UVic has to offer and highlight the careers that are possible with a university education.”

The university is committed to increasing the number of aboriginal students graduating from all of its faculties and building on its unique relationships with First Nations communities.

Media contacts:
Media are invited to attend the campers’ computer science animation workshop at 11a.m., Thursday, 29 July at the Engineering Lab Wing, room B220.

Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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