Gearing up for summer literacy


All six communities within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region will be hosting their own summer literacy day camps from July 2 to 19.

Britney Selina, the youth program organizer with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), said the goal of the camps is to help bridge the education gap between the end of the school year and the fall season.

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation office in Inuvik. NNSL file photo
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation office in Inuvik. NNSL file photo

“The majority of activities are based on literacy activities, like reading and writing,” she said. “Any games associated with literacy. There are lots of arts and crafts and outdoor sporting activities as well.”

Actua, a Canadian charitable organization that delivers science, engineering and technology educational (STEM) programming to youth, will be visiting each camp over the course of the three weeks.

The target audience of the camps are youth between the ages of five and 12. All camps are free to participants and will be hosted in each community’s respective schools or community centres.

More than 230 youth in all six communities have registered for their community’s day camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I just want the kids to be excited. I know that school is one thing, but I want them to be excited to come to camp and take away something from it,” said Selina. “I hope they build positive relationships with people in their age groups and outside of it.”

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Aaron Hemens has been working as the editor of the Inuvik Drum since January 2019. He's responsible for reporting on everything Inuvik, from covering community gatherings and sporting events, to writing the weekly columns. He's a dedicated photographer who loves getting to know the town through the community members that he meets. He's originally from Ottawa, Ont., where he graduated from Carleton University's journalism program in 2018. He can be contacted at 867-777-4545 or at You can check out his photos on his Instagram account: @aaron.hemens.