The Legacy Schools program is a free national initiative to engage, empower and connect students and educators to further reconciliation through awareness, education and action (#reconciliACTION).
All schools across Canada are encouraged to join us by signing up below. We provide educational resources and program development for Legacy Schools to help ensure that the unique interests, rights, and perspectives of Indigenous peoples are recognized and implemented in schools and communities across Canada.
Upon signing up as a Legacy School, educators will receive a Legacy Schools Toolkit free-of-charge in the fall for the start of the school year (existing schools will receive a booster pack). These toolkits contain resources to engage students, staff, and the school community and act as a catalyst for their commitment to the work of reconciliation.
Legacy Schools also receive:
Monthly newsletters with updates and events
Access to limited edition swag and posters
Opportunities to connect with other educators and students from across Canada
Potential visits from the Wenjack & Downie families
Access to special DWF events taking place online and in your community
Chances to win prizes and gift packs
Your school featured in our newsletter and on our social media channels
Potential opportunity for a visit from a DWF Artist Ambassador
Join us on our path to reconciliation and register today.
Please note that registrations are only accepted for schools in Canada.
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund gratefully acknowledges Northland Power and the T. R. Meighen Family Foundation for their generous support of the Legacy Schools program. The Legacy Schools program and the contents of the accompanying resource kit are made possible because of their support.
DWF would also like to recognize the Nuclear Waste Management Organization for their contribution to the 2019-2020 Legacy Schools program.
Legacy Schools Registration Form
In becoming a Legacy School, educators commit to:
1) Using Secret Path as a teaching tool (included in the toolkit) in your classroom/school with the support of the Legacy School Toolkit and resources.
2) Inspiring your students to engage in acts of reconciliation through continued awareness and education.
3) Supporting your class in fundraising for local Indigenous organizations, initiatives and DWF, creating reconciliACTION events (at least one of which should take place during the Annual Downie Wenjack Secret Path Week, which takes place annually from October 17-22).
4) Participating in follow up engagements with DWF to share information about the impact of the Legacy Schools Toolkit and reconciliACTIONS. These resources will be used to inspire others to take action on our path to reconciliation, actively trying to achieve the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s: Calls to Action.
What is a reconciliACTION?
A reconciliACTION is a meaningful action that moves reconciliation forward.
ReconciliACTIONs aim to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in the spirit of reconciliation to create awareness, share, and learn.
We understand Legacy Schools may look different for schools in the north and in remote areas of Canada. We welcome the opportunity to work with all educators to ensure that we are working with schools and community in a meaningful, productive way to improve the lives of Indigenous youth.