Camp fYrefly is the Institute’s award-winning summer leadership program, which is a university-community educational outreach project that focuses on the educational, health, safety, and socialization needs of sexual and gender minority youth. At Camp fYrefly, young people engage in over 25 arts-informed workshops, which strive to develop personal resiliency and leadership skills to support them in becoming agents for positive social change in their schools, families, and communities.
Over 1000 youth have attended Camp fYrefly since its inception and can attest to the transformative power of the Camp to not only change, but also save lives. It is our hope to continue to expand Camp fYrefly across Canada, to serve more outstanding youth, and build an empowering wave of support across the country. Currently, three annual summer camps are held at sites in Alberta and Saskatchewan. To learn more about Camp fYrefly, please visit our various sites:
Camp fYrefly (www.CampfYrefly.ca) is a 4-day residential style summer leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth who variously identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans- identified, two-spirited, queer, and allied. It focuses on building and nurturing their leadership potential and personal resiliency in an effort to help them become agents for positive social change in their schools, families, faith groups, and communities. To our knowledge, Camp fYrefly is the largest youth leadership camp of its kind in Canada and the only one in the world affiliated with a major research university, which ensures for research-informed programming, sound pedagogical principles, and strong fiscal management. All Camp fYrefly programming is guided by input from youth and facilitated by trained professionals and youth workers in collaboration with a team of artists, dramatists, and community and youth leaders. The Camp, employing an arts-based educational philosophy, is jam-packed with...
iSMSS celebrates the vibrant diversity of our campuses by recognizing and supporting
important and collective efforts in creating welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful environments for sexual and gender minority students, faculty, staff, and allies.
Sexual and gender minorities represents an evolving constellation of identities including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*,asexual, two-spirit, intersex, questioning, and queer.