Summer of Hope
Image Credit: Peter Bregg
In the summer of 2005, five PhotoSensitive photographers visited five of Ontario's northernmost and remote First Nations communities; North Caribou Lake, Kingfisher Lake, Muskrat Dam, Neskantaga and Fort Albany. They went to capture the excitement of the very first Aboriginal literacy summer camps for First Nations youth, initiated by Ontario's Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman. PhotoSensitive captures the essence and vital importance of the camps by showing us the faces of the children whose realities are often stark and secluded. For them, the camps offer unprecedented opportunities for learning, creativity, teamwork, and fun - all potential antidotes to the deep problems underlying the high suicide rates among Native youth in northern Ontario. Summer of Hope offers a moving portrayal of the serious, life-changing results of cultivating literacy among them.