Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Aboriginal Student Science Camps

Aboriginal Science Camps
The Details

Aboriginal Education

Investment: $3,000,000
Endowment generating $60,000 per year.


The Aboriginal Student Science Camps meet a continuing need for focused, intentional programming to meet the needs of first- generation, Aboriginal students, as they transition into the first year of university studies.

TRU is uniquely situated to contribute to increasing the number of Aboriginal students developing an interest in science and health science and becoming successful in post-secondary studies in science, as well as success in health profession programs such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy.


The goal of this week-long, live-in camp is to encourage Aboriginal high school students to plan for success in post-secondary education and to promote their interest in potential careers in science and health science. The camp is directed at local Aboriginal youth in Grades 8-12. The youth will stay on campus and take part in activities that provide opportunities for them to:

  • Explore interests related to health and science programs and careers.
  • Examine a range of health education programs and develop career plans.
  • Explore health and wellness from Traditional and Western perspectives.
  • Interact with scientists and health professionals in a variety of settings.
  • Learn from Aboriginal role models about being a post-secondary student and working in a science or health science career
  • Familiarize themselves with the campuses of Thompson Rivers University and the many activities and supports available for students.
  • Learn strategies to facilitate the transition between home/high school and university.

Through a balance of academic curriculum, field trips, guest speakers, cultural and social activities, and recreation, students have many interactions with university students, scientists, health professionals, and Aboriginal role models in urban and rural academic and health care settings. The camp employs Aboriginal student counselors and elders that encourage high schoolers to develop self-confidence about their futures in post-secondary education and their potential careers.