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DWF Update

We have had a busy few months and that’s a good thing! Here’s a little update on what we’ve been up to. Click to read more about Youth Ambassador Program, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Secret Path Week, Treaties Week, and Métis Week.

Poster Contest Highlight

The Legacy School Program is proud to announce that there were over 100 submissions to this year’s Legacy Schools Spring Poster Contest, which closed on May 14th. Students were asked to illustrate how mental health influences their relationships with the land, their families and communities. We want to thank all the students who submitted their beautiful posters, and we hope they apply again next year.

A statement from DWF

On May 28, we learned about the heartbreaking discovery of 215 children buried at a former residential school on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory in Kamloops, BC. We stand with the Secwépemc community, all the families and communities of these young children, and all those impacted by residential schools in their grief. “It’s really hard when we know what they are going through. We always knew findings would come out one day.” said Daisy Munroe, Chanie Wenjack’s eldest sister.

I Will Not Be Struck Song Challenge

We want you to sing, play, dance or perform “I WILL NOT BE STRUCK” from the Secret Path. Help us honour the 5th anniversary of the Secret Path by participating in our #legacyschoolsongchallenge. “Music is the ultimate medium for expressions of love, and those expressions find a beautiful backdrop in the environment. Music is also a popular rallying point — at its central core, it’s a way for people to get in touch with the best parts of themselves and to voice the love in their hearts.” – Gord Downie  

The 2021 Spring Poster Contest is here!

For many Indigenous communities, creating balance among the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects of life are equally important. This year we’re asking students to reflect on how they can balance their studies and stresses while remaining healthy. For this year’s Spring Poster Contest, students should create a poster that answers: How does mental health influence our ties to the land, family, community, and relationships? How does this influence their holistic wellness (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being)?

School project garners accolades from community

Toronto Star – Students from JA Laird Elementary School have welcomed community feedback from businesses in the Columbia Valley, and even from some residential school survivors, on a recent school project.

Sacred Heart of Jesus named Downie and Wenjack Fund Legacy School

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board – Staff and students at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School have committed to improving the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education and connections between all people in Canada. These efforts have recognized Sacred Heart as a Legacy School through the Downie and Wenjack Fund.

The Educator Advisory Committee Welcomes New Members

Following a successful meeting on Dec. 5, 2020, the Educator Advisory Committee will meet again in March. Despite the difficult and unusual school year, our Legacy Schools have done great work in their efforts towards reconciliation. Their hard work and dedication has inspired our committee to continue to work as hard as possible – despite the circumstances – to improve and add to our Legacy Schools Program. We’re extremely proud to introduce two new members to our committee.

Canada’s top doubles luge team gets creative to fill sponsorship role

CTV News – Canada’s top doubles luge team had to get creative in order to find a new sponsor to help fund their 2021 World Cup season.

Tristan Walker and Justin Snith are getting ready to head to Germany to start their World Cup season to compete in three World Cups and a world championship in January and like all high performance athletes, the dynamic luge duo rely on sponsorship deals to help finance their World Cup and Olympic dreams – most years.

Dan Levy Calls U Of Alberta’s Indigenous Course ‘Transformational’

HuffPost – Dan Levy made good use of the extra time he got during the COVID-19 lockdown — but he’s not done yet. In August, the “Schitt’s Creek” star signed up for a free 13-week online course on Indigenous history and issues at the University of Alberta, and encouraged fans to join him.