Young all-stars on campus
Forty aboriginal youth from across the GTA joined UTSC’s All Star Camp this summer for a week of sports, food and learning.
The young people, ranging in age from seven to 12, participated in a variety of sports including a specially designed session on the history of lacrosse—which pre-dates even the earliest European settlers to Canada—and a lacrosse clinic delivered by First Nations players.
The aboriginal youth joined other campers in a full program that includes mornings in a multi-sport activity, and afternoons of discovery in computers, drama, and arts and crafts workshops. Participants aged nine and older stayed on campus, with evenings spent exploring culture with Elder Cat Criger and UTSC students, including cooking dinners with indigenous food themes and campfire gatherings.
This session was tied in with next year’s Pan Am/Parapan Am Games IGNITE initiative, which promotes community sports and recreation, healthy living, and arts and culture, while fostering diversity and inclusion. Funding for the group’s participation at All Star Camp was provided by the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario, TO2015, and the Government of Ontario.