Toronto Conference is pleased to share the video, Gibimishkaadimin 2017: A Reconciliation Journey, a project that we are proud to have supported.
Gibimishkaadimin 2017 is a social justice project of Bloor Street United Church in partnership with Fairlawn and Rosedale United Churches and supported by the Aboriginal Ministries Circle of The United Church of Canada.
Gibimishkaadimin – an Anishinaabemowin word representing “paddling together by boat” – is a name for the five-year pilot project engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in collaborative and experiential learning through an Indigenous lens.
The project seeks to foster reconciliation between Indigenous and non- Indigenous peoples by bringing 12 Indigenous and 12 non-Indigenous youth (ages 14 to 18) together over seven days in the summer on a canoe trip to:
- Create opportunities of mutual learning
- Build respect for others and self
- Develop skills for leading the reconciliation process
- Connect and re-connect with the land
- Learn about the Anishinaabe people’s history and cultural values
- Develop seeds of friendship for youth
Initiated within the United Church of Canada, this project seeks to provide young people with the opportunity to foster relationships with each other and the land on a five-day canoe trip on Lake Superior in northern Ontario.
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called on the United Church of Canada to ensure that its institutions, policies, programs and practices both comply with and implement the principles identified in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Church has committed to living into reconciliation. Gibimishkaadimin is one of the many ways to respond to and realize this call.