"Travelling Together by Boat"
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called churches across the country to work with First Nations communities towards a path of justice and of love. One of the ways United Churches in Toronto have responded is with a project called Gibimishkaadimin.

Through our Social Ministries Council, Rosedale United is one of three sponsoring congregations for Gibmishkaadimin, which means “paddling together by boat” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, “The G Camp” brings together Indigenous youth from across Canada and non-Indigenous youth from Toronto and Shining Waters Region. Through an eight-day outdoor leadership and canoe trip program, the youth build new friendships and engage in learning across cultures and geographies.

A Project of Reconciliation, Gibimishkaadimin engages Indigenous youth from coast to coast to coast in Canada and non-Indigenous youth from Shining Waters (Region 10) in Ontario in collaborative and experiential learning through an Indigenous lens.

Gibimishkaadimin is a summer canoe trip and a youth leadership opportunity to foster relationships with each other and the land. Gibimishkaadimin is an Indigenous word that means, “paddling together by boat.” This project of reconciliation seeks to provide youth, aged 14-18, with the opportunity to develop relationships with each other and with the land on a canoe trip in Lake Temagami.

Specific details are provided on the web site: Gibimishkaadimin is directed by a seven-person Board, four of whom are Indigenous. Check out our report from 2022. 

If you would like to go on the trip this year please speak to Sue Vanstone, Chair of RUC's Social Ministries Council. 


Check out the 2023 Gibi trip!