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 5 year pilot project called the 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. Rosedale United will host a reunion of the 2019 youth participants in late winter.
For more information on the trip, please check out here.
Recruitment for the 2020 Gibimishkaadimin canoe trip is now underway, and
Rosedale United youth ages 14-18 are encouraged to apply.
The 2020 trip will take place August 21 to 29. Following initial greetings and
orientation at Seneca College in King City, the group will travel by coach to Lake
Temagami, take a float plane to base camp, then begin a multi-day canoe trip with
expert outfitters. Young leaders-in-training and adult cultural leaders also help guide
The deadline to apply for this year's trip is March 31, so interested families or youth
should contact Sue Vanstone, who represents Rosedale United on the