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Legacy Spaces Updates
November 1, 2022
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, with 32 more in progress! 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 below.
Active International created the first Legacy Space in Markham, ON. Their team commemorated the event with remarks from Mayor Frank Scarpitti, an educational Lunch & Learn, and a Walk for Wenjack on the first day of Secret Path Week!
Bimbo Canada has created the first Legacy Space in Canada in a manufacturing setting in its bakery in Winnipeg, MB. “As a company with locations across Canada, we decided to create additional Legacy Spaces in each region as a way to reach more associates and to empower conversations about residential schools and Reconciliation beyond our head office,” says Teresa Schoonings, Senior Director, Sustainability.
Bimbo Canada also created the first Legacy Space in Montreal, QC! The company unveiled its first Legacy Space at its head office in Etobicoke, ON in March 2022 and will soon launch a Legacy Space in Moncton, NB – the first one in the province!
In recognition of their 100th anniversary, Canadian Tire launched a Legacy Space inside their downtown office in Toronto, ON. It was designed in partnership with an art curator and a team of local artists from surrounding Indigenous communities. The Legacy Space features a gallery section that will showcase different artists and exhibits over the coming years!
CIBC has launched a Legacy Space inside their global headquarters in downtown Toronto, ON. The space features a vaulted ceiling of solid carved oak and wood-veneer ribbing, inspired by the Anishinaabe teaching lodges and the longhouses of Wendat and Haudenosaunee villages. It was designed in collaboration with the Indigenous Design Studio at Brook McIlroy. Photo by Riley Snelling.
In honour of Secret Path Week, Dalton Associates launched the first Legacy Space in Fergus, ON, inside their office space which was formerly their family home. The launch event featured performances from Artist Ambassadors The Poets, the Aazhibik Singers of MCFN #40A, and Leo Atlookan from Eabametoong First Nation.
In September, Deloitte became the first partner to launch a Legacy Space in the province of Quebec inside their Quebec City office. Their event featured a traditional drum performance and was attended by Grand Chef Rémy Vincent of the Nation Huronne-Wendat along with Chef Carlo Gros-Louis, Chef familial Gros-Louis, Rock, et Duchesne.
To celebrate the launch of their Legacy Space, FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton hosted a performance of LEGACY, a concert series dedicated to our collective reconciliation journey. The evening featured Artist Ambassadors Tom Wilson and The Poets, along with Susan Aglukark, Phil Davis, and words from Harriet Visitor, DWF Board member and niece of Chanie Wenjack, seen here inside the space with her two children and a painting by Artist Ambassador Emily Kewageshig.
In honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Fengate Asset Management unveiled a Legacy Space inside their Toronto, ON office. The space features a mural by Haudenosaunee artist Kyle Joedicke that represents two separate cultures and ways of life, flowing in harmony together, and respecting each other’s differences.
The Legacy Space inside HSBC’s Toronto location officially opened to staff and visitors over the summer in an event featuring Elder Cat Criger and Artist Ambassador Blake Angeconeb. Blake unveiled a custom painting called ‘Gathering Place’ which reflects the intention of this space as one of sharing, conversation, and reflection.