Kamp Kujichagulia back on Acadia campus

Wendy Elliott
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Acadia University alumna Jasmine Parent is camp director at Kamp Kugichagulia this month at her alma mater.

“As an employee of the Black Educators Association and an Acadia University alumna, I am so proud to be working in partnership with the association and the university to bring Kamp Kujichagulia 2014 back to campus for another exciting year of cultural immersion, education and, of course, fun,” she said.

“As a former camper, counsellor, co-ordinator and now director, I can tell you first-hand that Kamp Kujichagulia is truly a life-changing experience.”

Acadia University and the province’s Black Educators Association have joined forces to host 30 African Nova Scotian students in Grades 9-11 at the camp July 6-11 in Wolfville.

The camp has been held for the past 20 years at Acadia. Organizers say it was in danger of not going forward this year and Acadia recognized a wonderful opportunity to support African Nova Scotian youth, said equity officer Meg Townsend, and to inspire them to consider post-secondary education.

The youth will experience Acadia through a variety of opportunities, Townsend said, including staying in residence; visiting the Acadia community farm; enjoying a campfire at the Irving Centre; and sharing their talent on one of Acadia’s stages. The youth will also interact with several professors, including Robert Seale, English and theatre, and Scott Landry from the kinesiology department.

Searle will lead a performance workshop – a safety-oriented overview of one of the basic knowledge areas of the illusion of physical conflict for media: unarmed/open hand techniques (falling, grappling, second-person control and the illusion of energy transfer) as used in theatre performance or film.

Landry will showcase the human motion laboratory, which provides detailed analysis of human movement to better understand knee osteoarthritis, sporting injuries, and the impact of physical activity on the prevention of chronic disease.

About Kamp Kujichagulia

Kujichagulia (pronounced koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-ah) is the second of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, and means self-determination. This year, the camp’s objectives are:

• to motivate African Nova Scotian learners to attend university/college through positive exposure and participation in university campus life;

• to reflect and provide education from an Africentric perspective;

• to demonstrate the possibility of combining sports, technology, culture and academics in one’s life;

• to stimulate consideration of future employment/career options;

• to provide opportunities to interact with other African Nova Scotian learners and with African Nova Scotian role models.

Organizations: Acadia University, African Nova Scotian, Irving Centre

Geographic location: Acadia, Wolfville

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