Hi there! We will be your mentors for the 2017 Indigenous Youth Summer Camp! We are all students or recent graduates of Vancouver Island University, and all a part of the ‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins, which is an Aboriginal Mentorship program here at VIU. We are here to offer support to Indigenous students as they embark on their post-secondary journeys, which often take place away from home. To check out a short video on the ‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins, click here.
Troy Barnes – Program Coordinator for Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem
My name is Troy Barnes. I originally grew up in Powell River, British Columbia (same place Thomas from Smoke Signals is from- “Hey, Victor!”) but my First Nation roots lie within the Klahoose and Homalco Nations.
I just graduated from the Bachelor of Arts program at Vancouver Island University this June with a major in First Nation Studies and a minor in history.
I am super excited to be coordinating this year’s summer camp & grateful for the opportunity to work on the traditional unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw people.
Morgan Mowatt – Program Assistant for Thuy’she’num Tuu Smun’eem
My name is Morgan Mowatt. I am of Gitxsan, Norwegian, and Scottish ancestry and grew up on Vancouver Island, and as my Uncle says, I am a “West Coast girl with Upper Skeena roots.” I just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Studies and First Nations Studies. I am excited and honoured to be a part of the Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem Program and all it has to offer.
With support and guidance from our Elders and my fellow ‘Su’luqw’a’ I hope to share my experiences with the youth and encourage strong leadership. I am grateful for this opportunity and the Snuneymuxw people for allowing us to live and learn on their traditional territory.
Sheldon Scow – Program Assistant for Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem
My name is Sheldon Scow. I am from the Kwicksutaineuk Ah-Kwa-Mish Nation and the Liidlii Kue Nation. I am a third year First Nations Studies student here at V.I.U. and part of the ‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins. I’m also a camp Mentor and looking forward to the connections that will be made throughout the summer camp!
Lacey Perrault – Program Assistant for Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem
Hi my name is Lacey Perrault. I am from the Namgis First Nation, located in Alert Bay, BC.,which is a tribe within the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations. I am also connected to the Tsimshian First Nation from my mother’s side. I am in my 5th year of my Bachelor of Education degree. My future goal is to work for the government in Aboriginal Education. I am a member of the ‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Program and it feels like family.
My goal is to be as open and willing as I can and cherish every opportunity this program provides me, and to be supportive of the youth here participating in the Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem Summer Program.
Sheena Robinson – Program Assistant for Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem
My name is Sheena Robinson. I am from the Heiltsuk First Nation of Bella Bella, BC though I was raised in the urban setting of Vancouver. I also lived in Bella Coola for three years and the Gulf Islands for a little under a year before coming to Nanaimo. I am in my 4th year of my Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in First Nations Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. I am thankful to the Snuneymuxw Nation for allowing us to live, laugh, love, and learn on their territory.
It is my hope as a mentor that I will provide guidance and support for Aboriginal students as they proceed on their own educational journeys.
Genna Kules – Guest Mentor/Program Photographer