The summer of 2011 proved a milestone for the Soaring Spirits Camp in completing facilities and opening its doors to the world community. With the generous support of the Vancouver Foundation, the camp was able to build a large smoke house and a 100-person seating capacity, covered council fire pavilion.

Both facilities were completed just in time to smoke cure a wealth of salmon donated to the camp by local fishermen. Over 90 people gathered for a feast and the official dedication of the beautiful post and beam council fire pavilion on August 13th. Under the brilliance of the full moon, Tsimshian matriarch Phyllis McNeil from Kitselas ceremoniously lit the fire that illuminated the pavilion for the first time. Nearby, a white "spirit bear" was seen crossing the field of the camp for the first time many years. It was a magical night.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the world in London, a decision was being made by the Round Square International School (RSIS) system to select the Soaring Spirits Camp as the location for the first RSIS service project in Canada. From July 18th to August 8th students from all over the world will come to Soaring Spirits to do volunteer trail building in Seven Sisters Provincial Park and to complete a community service project together with Gitksan youth in a local village. We are
thrilled at this prospect. Download RSIS newsletter on Soaring Spirits [here]. For the entire RSIS newsletter click [here]

Soaring Spirit's new 15x30 foot smokehouse was designed by Wade Charlie from Port Hardy to double as a canoe storage shed during the winter months. It was built with financial assistance of the Vancouver Foundation and support from the Kispiox and Kitwanga Band Councils that generously provided five youth apprentice carpenters.

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