Legacy Schools: Happy Holidays – Enjoy the much-deserved break!

Winter Break is nearly here! We wish you all a relaxing break and hope you all take time to reflect, relax, and regroup. It’s been a busy few months and we appreciate all you’ve done to make your learning environments more inclusive.

2022: A Year in Review

Reconciliation is a collective journey with no clear endpoint and this year has further demonstrated how important that journey continues to be.

We would like to thank everyone who took reconciliACTION in 2022 and joined us on this journey to foster meaningful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Here is a snapshot of how we built awareness and education and made connections to move reconciliation forward this year.

ReconciliACTION Doesn’t End in November

Between wrapping up Secret Path Week, new resources, and in-person events, there’s so much going on! We’ve added new resources to the Legacy Schools resources page to help you continue learning, growing, and teaching the youth you work with! We will also be visiting a variety of locations for in-person Artist Ambassador visits and conferences. We love seeing all the great reconciliACTIONs, so keep sending them our way so we can share!

Reflecting on Secret Path Week 2022

After another successful Secret Path Week, we would like to thank all of those who joined us in honouring Chanie and Gord’s legacy by participating in a Walk for Wenjack, joining us for DWF LIVE, and taking reconciliACTION by learning about the history and ongoing impact of residential schools. After such a busy week, there is plenty to reflect on. Check out our recap of Secret Path Week 2022 as well as an update from our Legacy Spaces program below!

Legacy Spaces Updates

Over the past few months, we have celebrated the launch of ten new Legacy Spaces with our partners. There are now 44 unique Legacy Spaces in 34 different cities, with more to come! From the first Legacy Spaces in Markham, ON, Quebec, and a manufacturing setting, to a performing arts centre, and offices throughout southern Ontario, DWF was proud to join these partners in launching their spaces. You can read about each unique space here.

Honour Chanie’s Legacy this Secret Path Week

Chanie Wenjack was an Anishinaabe boy from Marten Falls First Nation. In 1963, at the age of nine, he was sent to Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. Three years later, he ran away trying to reunite with his family who was 600 kilometres away. On October 22, 1966, a week after he fled, Chanie joined the spirit world. His body was found by the railway tracks, and his death sparked the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children at residential schools. Now, every year, we honour Chanie’s legacy by marking this as the last day of Secret Path Week.

Honour Gord’s Legacy this Secret Path Week

In August of 2016, Gord Downie asked all people in Canada to look at the state of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations in this country and to “Do Something” to change them for the better. In December of 2016, he was given the Lakota Spirit Name, Wicapi Omani, which can be translated as “Man who walks among the stars” for his reconciliACTIONs. Gord passed on October 17, 2017, and now every year, we honour Gord’s legacy by marking this as the first day of Secret Path Week.

Special Edition: Secret Path Week 2022

From all of us at DWF, we would like to thank everyone who tuned in for our National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events on September 30! Both A DAY TO LISTEN 2022 and our panel discussion attracted record audiences and we can’t thank you enough for your support. September 30 may have passed but there is still lots to do to move reconciliation forward. DWF has several events planned for Secret Path Week and beyond, so please continue to stay involved and help keep the momentum going!

Truth and Action: Recognizing September 30th

September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. Since the day’s inception in 2013, it has become an important and effective way of encouraging people throughout Canada to think about their role in reconciliation.

September 30th Programming & Getting Ready for Fall!

Fall is just around the corner, which means DWF will be bringing you tons of events and new programming! On September 30th, we’re hosting a panel discussion for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and airing new interviews for A DAY TO LISTEN 2022, which will take over radio stations throughout Canada. We also have lots of great programming for Legacy Schools. Legacy Schools can expect to receive their toolkits and booster kits soon – they’re being shipped this week! We are excited to bring you all of this and more. Check out the details below!