Gary Manson – Snuneymuxw First Nation, VIU Elder in Residence

Elders are fundamental in all of our learning journeys. We are honoured to have “Uncle” Gary be a part of this special program.

Gary was born on the mouth of the Snuneymuxw River in 1948. He now lives 100 feet from where he was born.  Married to Donna Manson, they have six children and eight grandchildren.  Gary is a survivor of Residential School and deeply connected to culture and land. He has worked as an elder for the past five years in healing circles, is a regular canoe journey participant and is glad to sit as an elder at Vancouver Island University. He is very excited to be a part of this summer camp for Indigenous youth!


Sylvia Scow – Dene First Nation, Aboriginal Projects and Elder Support

Sylvia is a program leader for the ‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins and a visionary for this summer camp.

Sylvia is from the Dene Nation. Her home community is Liidlii Kue (Fort Simpson), Northwest Territories. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Victoria. In June 2000, she completed her Masters of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Sylvia is married with two children and has worked in post-secondary education since 1991. She is very excited to support the mentors as they host this summer camp for Indigenous youth!