COVID-19 Update 2022
Gibimishkaadimin is proceeding with caution to plan the 2022 canoe trip. Our priority remains the health and safety of the youth and their home communities.
Gibimishkaadimin, a project of reconciliation
Realizing Truth and Reconciliation as we paddle together.
Youth will arrive in Toronto on Aug. 22,
and return home on Aug. 30, 2022.
Lake Temagami with Northwaters and Langskib
The Gibimishkaadimin experience, a project of reconciliation, involves Indigenous youth from across Canada who will be 16-18 years old on Aug. 22, 2022. It also includes non-Indigenous youth from Shining Waters (Region 10) who will be 16-18 years old on Aug. 22, 2022.
There is no cost to the participants. The trip is funded by the project, including airfare for Indigenous youth, transportation from Toronto to Lake Temagami, canoes, gear and camping costs.
Meet in Toronto and travel by bus to Lake Temagami, northern Ontario, to learn the teachings of the land, the Indigenous people, their culture and traditions.
Travel by float planes to the Langskib base camp in the interior of Lake Temagami where the 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.
Youth will gather in Toronto, greet each other, and be transported to the camp in Lake Temagami.
Baggage must be packed in soft-sided bags.
Cameras are ok on the trip, but we will ask you to avoid texting and email. We are focusing on each other and the land.
No smoking, no drinking, no drugs on the Gibimishkaadimin journey.
We will provide a "What to Bring Packing Checklist." We will try to help provide anything you may be missing.
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.
Youth will be reunited the following winter. The group will have fun reconnecting, and will be encouraged to provide input to next year's excursion. A few may be invited to participate as youth leaders of future Gibimishkaadimin journeys.