This past month, Project Respect held its fourth Youth Social Action Camp at Camp Thunderbird on T’Souke territories. Fifteen youth from across communities, identities, and experiences came together to explore the root causes of gender-based violence, and approaches to social action. Through workshops, art, and conversation, youth and staff explored the power imbalances experienced by youth, and the various factors that form our identities.
A key theme at this year’s camp was Youth Participatory Action Research as a method and measure for social change. Youth had the opportunity to try out methods of research such as theatre and Photovoice, in attempts to disrupt who research is conducted by, and who it benefits. With lots of added outdoor fun like canoeing and games, an awesome time was had by all!
A huge thank you to the Camp Thunderbird Staff for their support, and to Lauren Sortome for taking amazing photos and sharing their energy and knowledge! Finally, we would like to thank all the fantastic participants who joined us at camp. Your unique perspectives, energy, and creativity all had such an impact on making the weekend so wonderful!