THE GORD DOWNIE & CHANIE WENJACK FOUNDATION WILL BE UNBOXING THE SCHOOL KIT THAT HAS BEEN MAILED TO YOU BEFORE CSLC. THEY WILL EXPLORE THE WAYS TO USE THE RESOURCES FOR YOUR OWN RECONCILIACTION PROJECT IN YOUR SCHOOL.
DWF’s Legacy Schools program provides people with a variety of opportunities to include Indigenous knowledge and understanding in their communities. Through this workshop, youth will learn how many everyday inventions we use exist because of brilliant Indigenous minds!
Courtney Montour is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) from Kahnawake. She works in the documentary film and digital media fields exploring issues of Indigenous identity. She directed, wrote and co-produced Flat Rocks (2017), a short documentary revealing how the development of Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway forever changed the landscape and the livelihood of the Kahnawake Mohawk community. Her first documentary Sex Spirit Strength won Best of Festival and the Emerging Filmmaker award at the 2016 Yorkton Film Festival. She has directed episodes for several documentary series including Mohawk Ironworkers (2016) and Skindigenous (2021). Courtney co-created and coordinated McGill University’s Indigenous Field Studies course, held in Kahnawake, for 8 years. Passionate about educating, the course surfaces the intergenerational effects of colonization and Canadian policies on contemporary Indigenous society.
Time: Oct. 21, 2022 @ 2:00 PM ET
Rhonda Head is from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Canada. Rhonda is a Mezzo-Soprano and has released five albums to date, numerous singles, and is currently working on her sixth album. Rhonda has received 16 nominations in total and won six international music awards since she began her music career in 2010. She writes her lyrics in her Indigenous Cree Language, and composes her melodies based off the landscape in her home reserve of Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
Time: Oct. 21, 2022 @ 12:00 PM ET
His First Nations affiliations are Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, Ojibway, Algonquin, Mississauga and Mohawk.
A Recognized Elder and acknowledged by Vern Harper, and Philip is also is a member of Moose Deer Point First Nation, shares important Indigenous oral histories about the Star Knowledge in connection to constellations and the moon. These oral histories were passed down to Philip through his ancestors, and traditional Elders: Ojibway Elder Edward Benton Banai, Cree Elder Joe Couture, Lakota Elder Floyd Looks For Buffalo Hand, Lakota Elder Jimmy Dubrey, Lakota Elder Chief Oliver Red Cloud, Navajo Elder Leon Secatero, Ojibway Elder Dr. Duke Redbird and “The Urban Elder” Vern Harper (Cree) and Ojibway Elder Basil Johnson also including elders from research Ojibway Elder James Redsky and Ojibway Elder Stewart King.
Philip is a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier and Sweat Ceremony Leader. Philip Cote’s spirit name is (Noodjmowin) “The Healer” Misko-gayaashk “Red-Seagull” and Philip is a member of the Falseface and Eagle Societies.
Philip is also a tour guide with “First Story”, since 2005 providing an Indigenous history of Toronto covering the last 13,500 years and as far back as 130,000 years this includes star knowledge and Ojibway Cosmology.
Time: Oct. 21, 2022 @ 10:00 AM ET
Becky Han grew up in Arctic Bay, Nunavut which now resides on Treaty 6 territory where she works from home. Believing that music is a crucial educational tool, she composes most of her songs in Inuktitut. Being active on social media, Han also uses her platform to share her learnings about the Inuit culture.
Time: Oct. 20, 2022 @ 2:00 PM ET
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
Registered Charity Number: 784055915RR0001
Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Our goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all peoples in Canada.
PO BOX 749