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Canoe expeditions for businesses

Dominique Rankin (cofounder of Kina8at) often explains: "My father passed on the « medecine » to me, instead of "power". For us, Okima -  the true chief - knows that we are all interdependant. This is why he works for the common good. Okima does not speak with the voice of politics. He speaks the language of Nature.This  quote sums up the central theme of this expedition. 


Our canoe adventure can last from 4 to 6 days according to your needs. We visit a Native reserve (on Algonquin or  Atikamekw territory). Then we head further North. We canoe deap into the land, like our ancestors did for thousands of years. We choose easy to paddle rivers, but we go deep enough into the forest for a complete change of scene.

Like our nomad ancestors, we discover the real meaning of leadership and community. Like them, we start living in harmony with Nature and ourselves.


When ancient wisdom inspires today's leaders...

Consciousness-raising to the Native World

Kina8at offers a variety of activities to enlighten your group awareness of Native history as well as of the rich culture of our peoples:

  • Workshops on Native culture, realities and languages

  • Native history from a Native perspective

  • Exploration through traditional arts and know-how

  • Talks on various topics that can be found on this website

  • One-day seminars

  • Two-day immersion workshops

OKIMA - Conscious Leadership

1) CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP - Feminine and Masculine

The notion of "Chief" according to Native culture / Feminine-Masculine balance / Let the authentic leader emerge from within / Finding balance in an accelerated world  / Slow down, reflect, feel and listen: the "Turtle Revolution"

2) LEADERSHIP and COMMON GOOD: From the Pryamid to the Circle

Going from I and YOU, to US / From a pyramidal to a circular functioning / Impactful exercice on the loss of the "Circle" in our organizations and in our lives in general / Reconcile inner-life and action in the world / Coming back to "Being"  vs "Having" and "Knowing"


KINA8AT - Prevention of psycho-social risks

Over the years, we have developed a very effective approach for managers and other workers who have to play a support or accompanying role. This program minimizing psychological risks in the workplace can be offered in a condensed two-day seminar or on twice a year workshops.



  • Creating a space allowing to step back from the everyday stress

  • Developing a new relationship mode in the workplace

  • Generating a tremendous cohesion force between co-workers

  • Providing useful basis on living-together skills and a body-heart-spirit approach that the participants can reproduce in their professional context as well as their personal life

  • Allowing a better understanding of vulnerable groups (ethnic minorities, new entrants, poeples souffering from the effets of colonisation, famillies and individuals in difficulty) 

ICKOTE - The Sacred Fire Within

How is the sacred fire burning within you? Have you ever felt this flame at the core of your being?  If you know your passions and if your daily life is meaningful, how is your fire doing? Does it slowly start to extinguish? Do you feed it well? Does it burn too much?



Our Ickote (pronounce Ishkote) program is intended for individuals or teams needing to:

  • Get to know themselves better

  • Understand what motivates and inspires every human being

  • Define their essence

  • Gain self-esteem and faith in their abilities

  • Give a meaning to their work

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"Your gentle and grounded presence among us makes us feel much more connected and helps us enter the spirit of a learning community so positively. Thank you for helping us understand your perspectives more profoundly. "

- Ingrid Richter PhD, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa


"The bonds we are forging will further strengthen. Consequently, our work within the intsitution will further strengthen on a scope we can't even suspect. Your presence and your contribution are infinintely precious."

- Nicolas Chapard, Psychologist, Gendarmerie nationale - France

"Your session was a real success. Your words and messages resonated all week long. Know that you had a great impact on a whole collectivity of human beings!"
- Diane Houle-Rutherford, MA, Houle-Rutherford Consulting

Health and wellness of body, heart and spirit are fundamental to our ancestors teachings. These concepts are more than precious for today's organizations. This is what many businesses and institutions understood when they called on our services.

Our training programs are customised according to your goals, but here are a few examples of talks and workshops that continue to make their marks.

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Même si notre nouveau centre est situé à La Conception, prière d'utiliser cette adresse de correspondance / Even though our new center is located in La Conception, please use this mailing address:


C.P. 2 

Succursale St-Eustache

St-Eustache, QC

J7R 4K5


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