It’s been a challenging year to teach and lead youth, but the good news is that spring is in sight! Our annual spring poster contest, Youth Ambassador program, and Artist Ambassador programs are in full swing, and we want you to get involved!
Youth Ambassador Applications are OPEN!
We are happy to announce that the DWF Youth Ambassador Program will be taking place in July and August of 2022. The program allows individuals to gain practical work experience and develop leadership skills by connecting two groups of 50 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth ages 16 – 25 throughout Canada. While learning about Canada’s true history, youth will develop their understanding of what reconciliation means to them, how to apply it in their communities, and become leaders of positive change. Learn more about the program and how to apply below.
Upcoming DWF Live & Events
Cody Coyote | Hip-Hop / Electronic Artist
Cody Coyote was born in Ottawa, Ontario and is of Ojibwe/Irish descent with ancestry from Matachewan First Nation. With his fusion of profound lyricism accompanied by influential sound, this multi-award-award winning Hip-Hop/Electronic artist grasps listeners’ attention and delivers a mesmerizing performance.
When: Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 am ET
Mimi O’Bonsawin | Musician | FRENCH SESSION
Mimi O’Bonsawin epitomizes the powerful scenery of Northern Ontario and the beauty of its waters through her music, all the while yielding to her French Canadian and Abenaki roots. Her musical creations flow through a centre of love, with the intention of giving back and spreading awareness.
Her album, ELLE DANSE, is a self-produced French EP that has been gaining momentum with placements on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music curated playlists. ELLE DANSE was in ELMNT FM’s top 10 Best Albums of 2020, and it was recently nominated for two prizes at the TRILLE OR Awards.
When: Tuesday, April 5, 1:00pm ET
Highlighting your ReconciliACTIONS
James Morden Elementary School students created art and reflection pieces on residential schools and Chanie’s story.
Students at James Morden Elementary in Niagara Falls, Ontario took part in an Ask, Imagine, Design, Build, Reflect, and Share project where they were asked “what do we know about residential schools?” while viewing The Secret Path. Students then communicated their ideas and understanding surrounding Chanie’s story and residential schools through an art piece and a written reflection. Once completed, a display was created to share their learnings with the rest of the school.
Join your Regional Educator Advisor Committee
Our Educator Advisory Committees meet four times throughout the school year to help improve the Legacy Schools program and guide the work DWF is doing. To apply, please complete the form below:
June events are happening! Send us your ReconciliACTIONs
We are busy planning our Indigenous History Month (IHM) digital programming for June. This year we are highlighting regions in Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick, and centering the programming on the themes of reflection, honour, and commitment. The month will end with our National Celebration Special!
We would like to invite Legacy Schools to participate in this year’s programming and to celebrate your reconciliACTIONs. We love to share what our Legacy Schools are doing, so submit your reconciliACTION by March 15, 2022 for a chance to be featured!
Share your ReconciliACTIONs on social media
We love seeing the change you’re making – and so does the DWF community! Share your photos and tag us on social media @downiewenjack and we’ll try our best to share with our networks.