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First Listen: Understanding the Secret Path

Between October 17 and 22, Canadians are called to “Do Something,” as urged by Gord Downie during the final Tragically Hip concert, to further the conversation about reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures and people.

Introducing our new Educator Advisory Committee

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund’s new Educator Advisory Committee met for the first time using online meeting software to connect members from throughout Canada. The meeting was the first time educators from throughout Canada gathered to discuss the Legacy Schools program and get to know one another. We are excited to have such a strong and dedicated team and look forward to improving the Legacy Schools program with their guidance and support.

P.A. Raiders set to team up with Downie, Wenjack Fund

paNOW. This Saturday when the Raiders host the Winnipeg Ice, the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund will be selling merchandise to raise money to help support their work, which focuses on promoting and bringing people together in the spirit of national reconciliation. Besides the money from the sale of merchandise, funds from the jersey auction will go to support the Downie, Wenjack Fund.

New Resources for our Legacy Schools!

Our friends at Learning Bird have created a series of free resources based on Secret Path, which tells the story of Chanie Wenjack’s flight from residential school. In honour of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, the resources that they have created position Chanie Wenjack’s story as an opportunity to explore the topic of Indigenous languages and how they relate to Indigenous rights on a local, regional, national, and global scale.

Spotlight: Comox Valley Schools

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is proud to say that all the schools in the Comox Valley School District are now members of our Legacy Schools program. All 23 school sites within the district will receive toolkits in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year. Not only is the whole school district now prepared to “Do Something” and create reconciliACTIONs moving forward, but some schools and students have already done great things this past year. These initial steps are important to recognize and highlight, as they helped introduce and inspire the rest of the district to become Legacy Schools, and support each other on their own path towards reconciliation. Their successes were recently highlighted in an article in their local newspaper that speaks on how well the district has come together to support Indigenous students and education.

DWF Annual Report

Our 2018-2019 Annual Report has been released. Filled with information on our programs, what we’ve achieved in our first year, and much more!