Since its inception, SUNIA has had the goal of giving its attendees a unique, well-rounded and engaging experience where they can learn about all sorts of different social and political issues on both a local and global scale. This means that in addition to the hiking, canoeing, campfires and other things you might expect from your summer camp, our program has a wealth of different opportunities for students to engage in activities that aim to broaden their perspectives, as well as learn valuable material about a variety of relevant topics. 

What is expected of students? Is there anything to prepare? 

As both former participants and students, our staff understand the value of summer as a break from the classroom, and that everyone has their own unique learning style. As part of this, we aim to make our educational components as engaging and accessible as possible to everyone, meaning that there is no preparation required to attend SUNIA. Even during the program, the staff has worked hard to ensure that all program components are engaging and provide all the necessary resources. Anyone who comes to SUNIA can expect that their time there will be far from any typical classroom experience - the only thing that is expected of students is that they come with an open mind, eager to learn and share!

UN Security Council

Week A, 2016

Program Components

Model United Nations Security Council

Students will take the role of one of the 15 nations currently on the Security Council and observer nations in order to debate an international issue that the UN is currently debating in August 2017. Learn More... 

United Nations Speakers

SUNIA hosts two United Nations officers who work at the UN Headquarters in New York for the week. They stay and participate ina ll activities alongside students, so there will be many opportunities to learn about the work they do. SUNIA also gets to host one member of the Canadian Department of National Defense in order to learn about Canada's involvement in International Affairs. Learn More...

Global Development Simulation

Students will have the opportunity to learn and about complex topics such as international development through simulations.

Discussion Groups

Structured and unstructured groups made of students and counsellors that covers a wide range of topics, as well as being able to discuss pretty much anything.

Volunteer and Social Change Seminars

Students can learn about frameworks for creating social change, and develop some of the skills to make a change in local communities. 

Press Conferences

Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in debates on social issues in the form of a mock press conference. 


From starting recycling programs at their schools, to becoming Members of Parliament, past participants of SUNIA have gone on to incorporate the knowledge and ideas they gained during the program into a variety of different places. Our goal at SUNIA is that every student is that every student leaves with fresh ideas, new perspectives, and the tools they need to bring that knowledge back to their communities. 

Student Discussions, Week B, 1978

Week B, 1978