Partnership Program Helps Youth in Remote Manitoba Communities

By Sarah Klein

Circus and MagicMore than 400 kids from remote Manitoba communities will participate in the Circus and Magic Partnership (C.A.M.P.) taking place at McIsaac School in Flin Flon from March 23 – 27, 2009.

C.A.M.P. is an artistic intervention project spearheaded by the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival. The outreach program’s objective is to provide a positive and proactive arts and education opportunity for youth. This year’s Northern C.A.M.P. participants will come from the following communities:

  • Flin Flon
  • Sheridan
  • Cranberry Portage
  • Moose Lake
  • Cormorant
  • Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN)

Each child will learn to become a well-rounded variety performer, using materials like stilts, unicycles, tight wires, and magic and juggling supplies during the course of the program. All of these training tools will remain in the community; while local teachers, recreation staff and community mentors will be trained in their safe usage.

The Winnipeg C.A.M.P. takes place March 30 – April 3, 2009 at Gordon Bell High School.