The OLI Camp Experience
Each May, OLI participants from Indigenous communities across the country come together for two weeks at an Ontario camp to learn, share and grow as they rehearse dance routines in preparation for the Annual Showcase in Toronto. Participants enjoy meals and lodgings with their peers in a safe and supportive environment highlighted by a large rehearsal space and smaller breakout rooms for focused rehearsal, music and art.
2 Weeks of Sharing and Preparation
A home away from home
OLI Camp is a helpful transition for Indigenous youth, many of whom are coming from remote communities in the boreal forest. In this green space, youths are in a safe and supportive environment where they are free to develop new relationships and focus on preparation for the Annual Showcase in Toronto.
Large dance rehearsal space
Smaller breakout rehearsal spaces
Space for studying, arts, music and crafts
Full lodgings including bedding, towels and meals
Certified staff with knowledge of local emergency services
Supporting Indigenous youth every step of the way
OLI gives participants the opportunity to unpack their emotional, mental and physical expression into a structured outlet like dance. Our programs allow youth to express their hopes, dreams and aspirations on the dance floor.
OLI promotes positive relationships during postsecondary learning, provides pathways to meaningful work, and builds the self-esteem needed to navigate away from negative behaviours such as self-harm and substance abuse.
Participants must attend school regularly, do their school work, have exemplary behaviour and be committed to working hard while in the program.