eSpirit May 21

Walking alongside

This Sunday we will be exploring the idea of advocacy through these questions – how can we walk along-side others and be open to others walking with us?

An e-mail came into my in-box this week with the idea of paddling together; a project of truth and reconciliation for indigenous and non-indigenous young people.

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.

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.   I hope that you will read more about this project in Heartbeat and perhaps even invite a young person to consider participating .

Whatever you do this long weekend I hope you find an opportunity to walk, paddle or converse with someone you didn’t know before and who knows what opportunities might open up.

Blessings, Karen