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Iqaluit NU Green Job Initiative student Success Stories

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Day Camps Help Nunavut Children Appreciate Nature

Growing up in Nunavut has made a lasting impact on how Hayden Hickey feels about nature. “I always appreciated the importance of nature and respecting the land,” says Hickey, who is now in his second year of Kinesiology at Dalhousie University.

Growing up in Nunavut has made a lasting impact on how Hayden Hickey feels about nature.

Thanks in part to funding from CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, with support from the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program, the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut was able to hire Hickey as their day camp manager.

During his summer job, Hayden oversaw 13 different day camps across the territory and flew to many of the communities to do training with local camp staff.

“I encouraged the day camps to spend as much time outdoors as possible, and to be active in general.” says Hickey

“I was mainly communicating with the local day camp staff, and sending ideas for activities,” says Hickey. “I encouraged the day camps to spend as much time outdoors as possible, and to be active in general.”

In his role, Hayden helped plan activities for the day camps to ensure young people understood the importance of the environment, and keeping their communities clean.

“A lot of the students went berry picking and often made jams, bannock or pie with their families afterwards.”

“I encouraged the day camps to do cleanups around town to improve the environment,” he says, adding that he also wanted to help young people understand the importance of sustainability. “A lot of the students went berry picking and often made jams, bannock or pie with their families afterwards.”

Campers also invited visitors into their communities, where they were able to experience local nature.

“In one of the communities, a cruise ship visited,” says Hayden. “The students planned outdoor sports activities with the passengers, and introduced them to the local community.”

“In one of the communities, a cruise ship visited,” says Hayden. “The students planned outdoor sports activities with the passengers, and introduced them to the local community.”

He says he would love to do similar work again, and the experience was a wonderful opportunity.

Hayden Hickey
“It was my first time seeing lots of the communities across the territory,” Hayden says.

“It was my first time seeing lots of the communities across the territory,” Hayden says. “Working with the kids at the summer camps was great.”

Dawn Currie, Executive Director of the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut, says it was the first time the association hired a summer student.

Thanks to the grant, the association was able to assist camp staff implement important programs that help children appreciate nature.

“The local staff implemented much of what we trained them for, such as different activities for the outdoors including hiking and arts and crafts,” says Currie.

“The local staff implemented much of what we trained them for, such as different activities for the outdoors including hiking and arts and crafts,” says Currie. “The training that Hayden helped provide was essential to showing lots of different activities the kids could do to better appreciate nature.”

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