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Hudson’s Bay Foundation and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Announce First Recipients of Oshki Wupoowane | The Blanket Fund’s Capacity Building Grant

Hudson’s Bay Foundation and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund are pleased to announce the first round of grant recipients of Oshki Wupoowane | The Blanket Fund’s Capacity Building Grant. The Blanket Fund launched on September 30, 2022, with an initial $1 million investment from Hudson’s Bay Foundation and a commitment to direct 100% of net proceeds from the sale of all HBC Point Blankets to The Blanket Fund moving forward.

Educator Profile: Grace Gadon, K-3 Music Specialist, Elizabeth Rummel School, AB

“As an elementary music teacher who is constantly looking for impactful ways to weave Indigenous learning, particularly about residential schools to my students, I came across the song “Run” by Indigenous folk-gospel Juno-award winner, William Prince. Initially chosen for a musical performance for our Terry Fox assembly, when I looked more closely at the lyrics and ‘felt’ the rawness of the song, I thought of Secret Path, which I had been reading again as we neared Truth and Reconciliation Week.”

Holiday Gift Guide: Shop Indigenous Businesses

To help you take #reconciliACTION while you shop for your loved ones this holiday season, we’ve put together DWF’s first-ever Holiday Gift Guide. Below you will find 12 Indigenous-owned businesses, the new DWF Merch Store, and of course, The Bay’s iconic Point Blankets, which support Oshki Wupoowane | The Blanket Fund. Happy Holidays!

Back to School & Truth and Reconciliation Week

This month, we have lots of events to help you continue on your learning journey and move reconciliation forward in your communities. Read on to learn more about our upcoming events, the next grant application deadline for The Blanket Fund, new toolkits for educators and youth group leaders, and more. September is an important month for reconciliation in Canada, but it doesn’t stop there. Stay tuned for more ways to take #ReconciliACTION this Secret Path Week (October 17-22) and beyond.

Welcome Back to School!

We have been planning some exciting things for the new school year! Have a sneak peek into this year’s toolkits and materials, learn more about getting involved in the Educator Advisory Committee, and learn more about DWF’s Truth and Reconciliation Week events. Learn about all this and more, below.

A summer catch-up with DWF

The next deadline for Oshki Wupoowane | The Blanket Fund grant applications is fast approaching, the Legacy Schools program is gearing up for another exciting school year, and several new Legacy Spaces have recently opened! Learn about all this and more, below.

Another Year of ReconciliACTION!

It has been another amazing year for the Legacy Schools program! Thanks to your hard work and dedication, students from coast to coast to coast helped move reconciliation forward. Read on to learn how we’re wrapping up the 2022-23 school year and looking ahead to September!

Celebrate Indigenous History Month!

Indigenous History Month is here!

This year, DWF is celebrating by highlighting Indigenous Excellence: Past, Present, and Future with stories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis change makers and leaders from coast to coast to coast. We hope you will join us in celebrating the talent and contributions of Indigenous people all month long!

Two Years Since 215+

Content warning: This newsletter contains information about residential schools. Mental health support is available. Today, May 28, marks two years since the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced that preliminary findings indicated the remains of 215+ children were buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.