Amanda Shore’s 2015 CCRAE winning paper, Notes on Camp: A Decolonizing Strategy, addresses a fundamental recurring Canadian social issue, which is now bordering on a crisis.
Shore describes our indigenous peoples as the colonized, while European settlers and governments are the colonizers. Her research into indigenous programs at camps is based on historical records, academic literature and personal interviews.
Shore recognizes the importance of repetitive traditional programming while questioning the need to re-evaluate some camp traditions for 21st century youth.
This richly layered qualitative study merits the attention of all camps that have “Indian Councils” or related programs. Please click here to download the paper.