Truth and Reconciliation

References on Truth and Reconciliation 

Info on Bill C-262: 

Report Card on provincial curriculum on Indigenous Peoples (and how Ontario compares to other provinces):

August 2019 Canoe Trip with Gibimishkaadimin

This summer will be the third canoe trip of a 5-year program called Gibimishkaadimin which is an Anishinaabemowin word representing “Travelling together by boat”.

Applications are now for waiting list only

What is Gibimishkaadimin?   …………………

It’s a five-year project engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in collaborative and experiential learning through an Indigenous lens; a youth leadership opportunity to foster relationships with each other and the land as part of a summer canoe trip. This year’s location is once again in Temagami, Ontario.

Gibimishkaadimin is open to youth age 14-18 at the time of the canoe trip who have a connection to the United Church of Canada. It is free of charge, fully funded by the project, including air fare to Toronto for Indigenous youth, transportation for all participants from Toronto to the camp, canoes, gear, food and camping costs.

Last year’s Trip Report by Ella Pattison

Read the trip report of Gibimishkaadimin 2018 in Temagami by Ella Pattison from Fairlawn church.

Last year’s trip Video

Last year’s Gibimishkaadimin canoe trip was another huge success! We are pleased to present the 2018 video which gives us an unexpected window into the events of the canoe trip and the lives of these young people.

View the 2018 Gibimishkaadimin video to get an idea of what this summer’s trip will be like!


February 2019 Reunion for last year’s canoe trip

Campers and leaders were reunited in Toronto, Feb. 2019.

Click here for a reunion photo

Previous Gibimishkaadimin Trip 2017

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Land Acknowledgement

Fairlawn acknowledges the sacred land on which our church stands. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory. We are also mindful of broken covenants and the need to strive to make right with all our relations.



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