May updates from DWF

With updates from Legacy Schools and Legacy Spaces, the launch of the Gaagaagi (Raven) Monthly Donor Program, and an important update on residential school recovery efforts, there is plenty to catch up on. Take a look below for more details and be sure to stay tuned for more information about Indigenous History Month coming up in June.

Red Dress Day Resources, DWF Lives, and More

National MMIWG2S+ Awareness Day is May 5, and we have compiled the resources you need to teach your students what this important day means and how they can Do Something. Continue learning by participating in our DWF live sessions, entering our virtual Artist Ambassador visit contest, and attending a reconciliation workshop hosted by DWF staff and Tom Wilson. Check out all of this and more below!

New Beginnings and New Ways to Take ReconciliACTION!

Spring is finally here, and after wrapping up an incredibly successful weekend with Ziigwan, our first-ever Indigenous music and arts festival, DWF is looking forward to all the ways we can take reconciliACTION together! Whether it’s registering your 2023 Walk for Wenjack, joining the upcoming Youth Ambassador Program, or checking out our brand-new Legacy Spaces partners, DWF has you covered— check out all the details below!

Legacy Schools: Big Things are in Bloom this Spring at DWF!

Spring is in the air, and DWF has some exciting things in the works for Legacy Schools! We are offering Artist Ambassador workshops to 20 lucky Legacy School classes or youth groups, prizes for you and your colleague when they join the program, incredible DWF LIVE performances, and more! Check out everything you need to help continue your reconciliation journey below!

Contests, Performances, and More from DWF this March!

Spring is just around the corner, and that means big things are underway at DWF! Applications for Oshki Wupoowane | The Blanket Fund are now open and from now until the end of the month you can join our Legacy Schools program and enter for a chance to win amazing prizes from Indigenous owned businesses. We are also excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Youth Ambassador program for 2023. As well, in celebration of Women’s History Month, we are thrilled to host a DWF LIVE with Artist Ambassador, Candace Linklater. Plus, if you’re in Toronto at the end of the month, join us for Ziigwan, an Indigenous music and arts festival happening at Yonge-Dundas Square! Check out all the details on this and more below!

Legacy Schools: Catch up on all Things DWF!

So far, 2023 has been a busy year and we have no plans to slow down! From honouring Gord on his birthday to exciting DWF LIVE and Artist Ambassador visits, our Legacy Schools haven’t stopped finding new ways to take reconiliACTION. We’ve got lots going on to help you on your reconciliation journey, check out all the details below for more information!

New Year, New ReconciliACTIONs!

From 2023 Youth Ambassador Program applications opening, to new reconciliACTIONs and Legacy Spaces, here are just a few of the things we are working on at DWF!

Celebrating Afro-Indigenous People, Culture, and Achievements

Happy Black History Month! Join us as we highlight and celebrate Afro-Indigenous people, culture, and achievements. Know an Afro-Indigenous changemaker? Let us know at communications@downiewenjack.ca!

More Daylight Means More Bright Ideas Coming Your Way!

2023 is here, and we have lots of great things planned for Legacy Schools! We’re busy updating our resources for your booster kits coming in the fall (please be sure to update your shipping and school information with us), going to several conferences in the coming months, and, of course, planning lots of great online programming through DWF LIVE!

Gichi Magoshe Giizhigan – Feast Day

Happy holidays from all of us at the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund!

Today marks the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year. Many Indigenous people have special names, traditions, and teachings surrounding this day. For the Anishinaabe, for example, the winter solstice is known as Gichi Magoshe Giizhigan or Feast Day. It is a time for recognizing the changing seasons and preparing for winter.