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Trip Details

Gibimishkaadimin, a journey of reconciliation  

Realizing Truth and Reconciliation as we paddle together.


  • Tuesday, Aug. 20 to Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2024


  • Lake Temagami with Northwaters and Langskib Outfitters.  

Applications due April 30

  • Application Form

  • We accept applications from Indigenous youth from coast to coast to coast in Canada, and non-Indigenous youth from southern and eastern Ontario

  • Youth must be 14 to 18 years old on the first day of the canoe trip.

Reconciliation Journey

  • There is no cost to the participants. The trip is funded by the project, including travel from home to Barrie, accommodation and meals, bus from Barrie to Temagami, and home again, as well as canoes, camping gear and food.

  • Meet in Barrie at Georgian College and travel by bus to Lake Temagami, northern Ontario, to learn the teachings of the land, the Indigenous people, their culture and traditions.

  • Travel to the base camp in the interior of Lake Temagami where the Guides, canoes and supplies will be waiting.

  • Receive orientation and skills training in canoe tripping and wilderness travel.

  • Get to know each other and the trip leaders.

  • Travel by canoe through Lake Temagami, back to Northwaters base camp, building friendships, having fun and learning respect for the land and each other, as well as gaining knowledge in reconciliation and Indigenous culture and spirituality.


Application Form

Please submit your application form for Gibimishkaadimin no later than April 30.

Packing List


  • Youth will gather at Georgian College in Barrie, greet each other, stay overnight and travel to base camp on Lake Temagami.

  • Baggage must be packed in soft-sided bags.

  • There is no internet or cell service during the canoe trip, so phones will be stored for safety. We will focus on each other and the land.

  • No alcohol and no recreational drugs on the Gibimishkaadimin journey. This will be strictly enforced. 

  • We will provide a "What to Bring Packing Checklist."  We will try to help provide anything you may be missing. 


Get an idea of what the journey will be like by viewing the videos from previous canoe trips: 

What did the youth say about Gibimishkaadimin?

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I’m so glad I got to do it.  The high point was getting to know everyone on a personal level.  The low point was saying goodbye.


Loved it.  It was amazing!  The high point was home group because I really enjoyed their company.  The stars at night in Temagami.  


I just want to say how grateful I am for this experience.  It was really life changing.  It makes me so happy just to think about it.

The trip was awesome.  It was fun.  The best part of the trip was cliff-jumping.


I wish that this were an option for more people.  I’m different after this trip.  I have more appreciation for little things.

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