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Manitoba's Camp Manitou is the site of the first-ever Canadian Deaf-Blind Camp, being put on by the Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind.

Bonnie Heath is the executive director of the resource centre. She says the community wanted to gather, and the camp is a week of enjoyment and recreation for people who are deaf-blind. More than 30 campers are taking part from across the country. They arrived Sunday, it runs until Saturday. It's for adults only.

"Like any camp, they are doing recreational things like zip-lining, swimming, archery, bonfires, bannock-making, nature-(hiking), that kind of stuff, with... the help of volunteers. We also have a whole host of different workshops," says Heath.

Fifty volunteers are helping out at the camp, as well, says Heath.

The intention is to make the camp an annual event. This inaugural edition of the camp is being filmed, as well, by Totem Studios.

"Because the documentary is being made this year, we're going to come right back in the fall and start our planning for 2019 and start our fundraising. We expect that we'll get much more corporate support next year," says Heath.

Heath says, this year, the camp is being run through private fundraising. A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations.

The RCMDB website says deaf-blindness is a condition "which combines any degree of hearing loss with any degree of vision loss and interferes with communicating and acquiring information." The RCMDB serves "adults who are deaf-blind due to accident, trauma, disease or condition," and their family members, should that benefit the individual living with deaf-blindness.

The RCMDB was established in 1996. Heath says there are many provinces without services at all.

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