Indigenous Health Initiative

Summer Camp


Healers of Tomorrow Gathering

Kisi m’pilultesnen sapo’nuk
Kauauitshiashut nantem kamamueitunanut
Paitsijitsavut ilinniajuit

The Healers of Tomorrow Gathering is a week-long summer camp. It is designed to give Aboriginal students an overview of various health care professions requiring either college or university training. Sessions explore a wide range of professions including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory technology, paramedicine and dental therapy, just to name a few!
Facilitators will be people who work in these areas. The camp program with its goal to increase knowledge in westernized medicines will be enhanced by sessions about Aboriginal medicines and healing practices lead by elders and healers from various First Nations/Inuit/M├ętis communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Camp participants will earn a certificate in First Aid.
In addition to the facilitated sessions, students will also participate in hands-on activities such as simulated health care procedures.

  • Who: To qualify students must range in age from Grade IX to first- year university or college. Three seats are reserved for students from Miawpukek First Nation, Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band, Mushuau Innu, Nunatsiavut, NunatuKavut, and Sheshatshiu Innu. Participating students must reside in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.Two seats are also available for Inuit students living in Nunavut. Acceptance to the camp is based on the quality of the application including a reference from an educator.
  • When: August 13-August 20, 2017
  • Where: Memorial University, Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, NL.

How to Apply:

Step 1: Complete the online Student Application

Setp 2: Be sure to Fax (709) 864-4991 or Scan your Verification of Aboriginal ancestry to

Step 3: Teacher Reference: The Reference Form may be completed by a teacher or professor, school administrator or guidance counsellor. Since a signature is required, the form must be printed, signed and Faxed (709) 864-4991 to the attention of Healers of Tomorrow Gathering c/o Dr. Carolyn Sturge Sparkes or scanned to

Update: Application deadline has been extended to Friday. May 12, 2017

Cost: Registration, accommodations, meals and travel expenses will be covered Students will be responsible for personal or incidental expenses.