University of Manitoba President David Barnard today announced a special Mini-U children’s camp for 279 children who are displaced from their homes as a result of this year’s flooding.

Since March 2011, 279 children and their families from flooded First Nations communities have lived in Winnipeg hotels. On July 14, 25 Manitoba institutions, including the University of Manitoba, met to discuss how to provide these children with fun activities for the summer. 

The U of M is covering the cost of sending these children to Mini-U camp for one week, including transportation and lunches. In addition to giving the children an opportunity to the many camp-like activities of Mini-U, they will also be exposed to university life at a very young age. 

David Barnard

“The University of Manitoba is proud to participate in a program that will bring so much joy to children who are facing a summer away from their homes,” David Barnard said. “We are happy we can work together with other institutions like the University of Winnipeg and Red River College to help members of our community get through this stressful time, providing children with the chance to join in a range of activities, laugh and make new friends.” 

This is the second time this year that the University of Manitoba has provided a camp to flood evacuees. In June, instructors from the University of Manitoba’s WISE Kid-Netic Energy program volunteered to entertain and educate hundreds of youth from Peguis First Nation, Fairford First Nation, and St. Martin, Mb., at a science day camp.

For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 ([email protected]).