Ghost River Rediscovery Society (GRR) is a charitable organization founded in 1994. For the first three years of operation, we offered summer programming, relying primarily on the much-appreciated support of many volunteers who shared our vision. In 1997, Ghost River Rediscovery Society transitioned into a year-round operation. We recognized the vital need to provide ongoing year-round support and follow-up to complement the summer programming we already offered. Ghost River Rediscovery was the first Rediscovery program established within an urban centre and the first to operate all year long. Since inception, GRR has continued to evolve to meet the multifaceted needs of the communities we support, placing special focus on the needs and challenges faced by disadvantaged children and youth.
The Youth Leadership Program was established in 1998 and was designed to help develop young leaders in the field of Cultural Outdoor Education. The Youth Leadership program offered a multitude of programming on a national and international scale, including youth exchanges, public engagement projects and paid international internships in countries around the world. Through the Youth Leadership Program, GRR has worked in Austria, Estonia, Finland, Poland, New Zealand, Guyana, Dominica, India, and Brazil.
After more than 19 years, Ghost River Rediscovery Society continues to develop and grow alongside the communities we serve. As we look to the future of the organization, we are encouraged by a history of monumental successes and inspired by the individuals with which we connect every day.
Serving the urban Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community, GRR offers traditional and cultural-based indoor and outdoor leadership programming. By educating and engaging youth both on the land and in urban settings, GRR programs and services provide opportunities for youth to develop and learn new skills and offers guidance as they obtain a strong sense of self and connection to peers and cultural leaders. Some of the key Rediscovery objectives are:
- Increasing cross-cultural understanding of diversity and inclusion
- Passion-based learning experiences which guide participants in life and career planning
- Encouraging sharing
- Developing key mentorship relationships and role modeling
- Finding a voice
- Reconnecting youth with Elders and strengthening intergenerational learning
- Creating personal achievements and success
- Enhancing healthy living
- Developing leadership skills and abilities, and
- Reconnecting youth to teachings of the natural world
Rediscovery International Foundation (RIF) Affiliation
Ghost River Rediscovery is affiliated with Rediscovery International. Rediscovery was established in the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1978; there are over 40 Rediscovery programs around the world today. Rediscovery is a broad network of affiliated programs, each community-based, independently administered and funded, and uniquely suited to the local bio-region. All Rediscovery programs meet established health and safety standards and none discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed or nationality. Rediscovery International Foundation (RIF) was established in 1985 to support the needs of the growing family of camps.