Legacy Schools: Spring is in the air!

We’ve got some exciting things coming up! In celebration of Indigenous History Month in June, we are offering Artist Ambassador workshops to 20 lucky Legacy School classes or youth groups. Also, our Youth Ambassador applications are still open, and we are now accepting submissions for our Spring Poster Challenge. We’ve got lots going on to help you on your reconciliation journey, check out all the details below for more information!

Offering Free Artist Workshops for Legacy Schools!

Lindsay Lickers and Patrick Hunter are just a couple of the many artists offering virtual workshops in beading and painting for Legacy Schools.Want to have your class learn to paint a beautiful original painting while learning about Anishinaabe culture? Or perhaps you’d like to undertake a beading project with youth while learning about treaties or language. Or maybe your students/youth are interested in making bracelets using seal skin and learning about traditional hunting practices. Wherever your interest lies, we have a workshop for you!

20 Legacy Schools groups will be chosen based on region, and the selected groups will be contacted by DWF.

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Spring Poster Challenge: What does reconciliACTION mean to you?

Belfast School in Calgary Alberta have been taking reconciliACTION through art and learning about Chanie’s residential school experience through the ”Secret Path”.Submit a poster for a chance to win the DWF 2022 Spring Poster Challege. As part of the Legacy Schools Program, participants are encouraged to engage in reconciliACTIONs throughout the year. Students and youth are asked to create a poster that answers the question, what does reconciliACTION mean to you, your family, or your community?

View our poster challenge details


  • Students will win an amazing prize pack including an Orange Shirt from the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
  • Teachers with the most class participation will be entered into a draw to win a classroom set of DWF Orange Shirts.

Six Categories:

  • Elementary Pre-K – Grade 5 (ages 4-10 years)
  • Middle Grade 6 – 8 (11-13 years)
  • Secondary/High School 9-12 (14-18 years)
  • Post-secondary education/Young Adult (18-25 years)
  • Youth Group or Club

Class/Group with most submissions (up to 25 Orange Shirts will be offered to leader/teacher in charge)

Deadline: Friday, May 13, 2022.

Winners Announced:  Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Prizes will be mailed out to schools or homes based on safety and health measures in place in that region.

Submissions should be high quality artwork 8.5×11 inches, at 300 dpi resolution.

Submit PDF files here

Youth Ambassador Applications are OPEN!

Youth Ambassadors will learn about Indigenous cultures and exchange ideas with a variety of special guests. Above, Classic Roots presents to Legacy Schools during Secret Path Week on DWF LIVE.We are accepting applications for our Youth Ambassador Program, which takes place this summer. This program offers youth (16-25 years old) the opportunity to gain practical work and leadership experience, network, and strengthen 21st-century skills, all while learning about Canada’s true history of residential school system.

Throughout the 4-week paid leadership program, 100 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from across Canada will engage in online, part-time work that will turn them into champions of reconciliation in their schools and communities.

At the end of the program, the youth participants will have the chance to make lasting change through our volunteer Youth Advisory Council, which will help guide our programming and champion our work.

Applications close April 15 so make sure to share with your students and youth groups!

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Upcoming DWF Live & Events

Mimi O’Bonsawin | Artiste musical canadien-français (Événement français)

Quand: Le 5 avril @ 13h
Événement français

Si vous êtes attirés par la beauté et la puissance des paysages Boréales, on vous invite à embrasser la musique de Mimi O’Bonsawin. À travers sa musique, elle incarne les paysages à la fois bruts et magnétiques des eaux du nord de l’Ontario, tout en rendant un hommage vibrant à ses riches racines abénaki et canadiennes-françaises. Ses créations musicales empruntent d’amour, ont la ferme intention de transmettre et de sensibiliser.

Son album ELLE DANSE, fut nominee au prix Trille Of et se veut une suite convaincante à ses trois albums précédents. Suivez Mimi sur www.mimi.ca.

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Tell us How we’re Doing!

It’s spring and the end of the school year is in slight! We want to hear about your experience with the Legacy Schools program and how we can improve our toolkits and booster packs coming in September. Please take a moment to complete our survey and a chance to win a DWF Prize pack!

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March 2022 Newsletter

With talented new Artist Ambassadors, exciting performances, and stories of incredible reconciliACTIONS, March is shaping up to be an exciting month! Take a look at just a few of the things we are looking forward to and don’t forget to check out our careers page for some exciting new opportunities with the expanding DWF team.

New Artist Ambassadors

Above: The North Sound, Fawn Wood and Handsome Tiger are just a few of our newest Artist Ambassadors.We’re excited to announce a few new additions to our Artist Ambassador Program! With new names like Fawn Wood, Handsome Tiger, The North Sound, and the legendary Willie Thrasher, we are looking forward to some wonderful performances during Indigenous History Month, Legacy School visits, and our DWF LIVE sessions. Be sure to check out our full list of talented artists here.

Upcoming DWF Live & Events

Cody Coyote | Hip-Hop / Electronic Artist

Cody Coyote was born in Ottawa, Ontario and is of Ojibwe/Irish descent with ancestry from Matachewan First Nation. With his fusion of profound lyricism accompanied by influential sound, this multi-award-award winning Hip-Hop/Electronic artist grasps listeners’ attention and delivers a mesmerizing performance.When: Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 am ET

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Phillip Lewitski and Joshua Odjick | Stars of Film WILDHOOD

Stars of the landmark 2-spirit film WILDHOOD Phillip Lewitski (Vikings, Utopia Falls) and Joshua Odjick (The Swarm, Unsettled) join DWF LIVE! to discuss their experiences as young Indigenous actors, and their time working on the beautiful coming-of-age film written and directed by Bretten Hannam.In a rural east-coast trailer park, Link lives with his toxic father and younger half-brother Travis. When Link discovers his Mi’kmaw mother could still be alive, it lights a flame and they make a run for a better life. On the road they meet Pasmay, a pow wow dancer drawn to Link. As the boys journey across Mi’kma’ki, Link finds community, identity, and love in the land where he belongs. WILDHOOD is released theatrically on March 11, 2022 in Canada. For more details visit: wildhoodmovie.comWhen: Friday, March 11, 1:00pm ET

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Mimi O’Bonsawin | Musician | FRENCH SESSION

Mimi O’Bonsawin epitomizes the powerful scenery of Northern Ontario and the beauty of its waters through her music, all the while yielding to her French Canadian and Abenaki roots. Her musical creations flow through a centre of love, with the intention of giving back and spreading awareness.Her album, ELLE DANSE, is a self-produced French EP that has been gaining momentum with placements on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music curated playlists. ELLE DANSE was in ELMNT FM’s top 10 Best Albums of 2020, and it was recently nominated for two prizes at the TRILLE OR Awards.When: Tuesday, April 5, 1:00pm ET

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Legacy Schools: ReconciliACTIONs

Students and staff at Argyle Alternative High School in Winnipeg, MB sharing stories and participating in a Walk for Wenjack with special guests, Lorraine Daniels and Patricia Myran.After becoming a Legacy School in May of 2021, Kathryn Foley-Licandro and the staff at Argyle Alternative High School were excited to use their resources and toolkits to engage with their community in the journey towards reconciliation. With an incredible visit to the National Indigenous Residential School Museum of Canada with the members of the Long Plains First Nation, and an unforgettable Walk for Wenjack they did just that! Read all about their reconciliACTION experience by clicking here.

Legacy Spaces Update

Artist Ambassador Blake Angeconeb works on a mural for one of our latest Legacy Spaces partners in Toronto.Since Secret Path Week 2021, we have welcomed 11 new partners to the Legacy Spaces Program, and we look forward to revealing which organizations are taking reconciliACTION with us! We now have over 50 open or planned Legacy Spaces in 26 cities throughout the country!For more information on creating a Legacy Space within your organization, please visit LegacySpaces.ca.

Youth Ambassador Applications are OPEN!

Spread the word! We are happy to announce that the DWF Youth Ambassador Program will be taking place in July and August of 2022. The program allows individuals to gain practical work experience and develop leadership skills by connecting two groups of 50 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth ages 16 – 25 throughout Canada. While learning about Canada’s true history, youth will develop their understanding of what reconciliation means to them, how to apply it in their communities, and become leaders of positive change. Learn more about the program and how to apply here.

We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring! Join a passionate team working to move reconciliation forward throughout Canada. Please share widely with folks you know who may be interested!

Finance and Operations Assistant

The Finance and Operations Assistant will work closely with provide support to the President & CEO and Director of Programs & Operations along with the organization as a whole. The successful candidate will provide timely, accurate, and actionable coordination to support executive operations, including financial and HR administration and other duties as required.

Education Program Assistant

The Education Program Assistant will provide support to the Education and Activation department and is responsible for performing various administrative functions. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing operational support, assisting with the coordination and execution of the Legacy Schools program, and providing ongoing support to the leadership team as required.

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