Gibimishkaadimin: Youth Canoe Trip in Northern Ontario

Gibimishkaadimin: Youth Canoe Trip in Northern Ontario

Opening/Closing Date: 
February 26, 2019 to March 31, 2019
Anticipated Start Date: 
August 20, 2019
Description

August 20–28, 2019 | No cost | Youth (ages 14-18)

The United Church of Canada is encouraging youth to apply for Gibimishkaadimin’s 2019 wilderness canoe trip.

Gibimishkaadimin, a project organized by Bloor Street United Church and supported by other United Church faith communities, seeks Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth ages 14-18 who wish to enhance their leadership skills for the journey of reconciliation, develop friendships, and just have fun. 

A group of youth eat snacks in canoes.
A group of youth canoeing as part of the Gibimishkaadimin project. Credit: Gibimishkaadimin

In 2019, Gibimishkaadimin will mark the third year of a five-year pilot project of reconciliation and establishing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth within the United Church. This year's events are a wilderness canoe trip in Temagami (northern Ontario), projects about reconciliation in youths' home communities, and a reunion taking place in February 2020 in Toronto.

Goals

The goals of Gibimishkaadimin are to

  • increase youth’s knowledge about Indigenous issues and reconciliation
  • increase youth’s leadership skills for the journey of reconciliation
  • create and foster relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth

Dates

August 20–28, 2019 (not inclusive of travel)

Location

Temagami (northern Ontario)

Cost

There is no cost to participants.

Gibimishkaadimin is a Truth and Reconciliation project for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth co-funded by Bloor Street United Church (from the Helen Ricker Fund), Rosedale United Church, Fairlawn United Church, Seeds of Hope, the Toronto United Church Council, Shining Waters Region (Region 10, formerly Toronto Conference), and individual donations.

Applicant Profile

  • Applicants must be youth ages 14–18.
  • The opportunity is open to Indigenous youth from across Canada and non-Indigenous youth from Shining Waters Region (Region 10, formerly Toronto Conference).
  • Applicants should have an interest in deepening their engagement in reconciliation.
  • Applicants should be willing to participate in the canoe trip, engage in projects about reconciliation in their home communities, and attend a reunion in Toronto in February 2020.

Outcomes

  • Developing youth’s leadership skills for the journey of reconciliation
  • Establishing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth
  • Having fun!

 

To Apply

Apply directly to Gibimishkaadimin by March 31, 2019. 

Contact Information

Contact Gibimishkaadimin directly with your questions or comments.

More information about Gibimishkaadimin, including a video, may be found on their website.

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