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!
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Indigenous Perspectives on the Pope’s Apology
The papal visit in July 2022 resulted in mixed emotions for many Indigenous Peoples throughout the country. Join us on September 30th at 1:00 PM ET to hear directly from those who were involved in and affected by the Pope’s visit.
Learn more about what the apology means to those impacted by residential schools, its effects on reconciliation, and how this will shape Indigenous communities and intergenerational relationships across Turtle Island. Mark your calendars and register below!
A DAY TO LISTEN 2022
In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th, DWF will be airing A DAY TO LISTEN 2022 on numerous radio stations throughout the country.
This year, we are highlighting the voices and stories of Indigenous people around the theme of Messages of Hope. This will centre on four areas:
- Cultural Reclamation
- Language Resurgence
- Art Practice
- Land-based Learning Narratives
As we continue to move forward on the path toward reconciliation, we aim to inspire hope for future generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!
Check out the items in our free Legacy Schools toolkit that we send to educators enrolled in the Legacy Schools program. Items are updated annually and sent to all Legacy Schools each September to keep the important learning and conversations happening.
Do you know a teacher or club leader who wants to do more in their school or community to make a change and work towards reconciliation?
The Legacy Schools program is free! DWF provides resources to all sign-ups every year to keep the learning and conversations happening in schools and community groups everywhere in the country known as Canada.
Clubs, schools and leaders who work with youth are encouraged to sign up for the Legacy Schools program. BGC Canada club in St. John, NB took action with their Walk for Wenjack last year!
There is a lot of work to do, and the learning never stops – so tell your teacher friends to sign up now to get their free Legacy Schools Toolkit with access to tons of virtual and in-person events this year!
Planning Your Walk for Wenjack Webinar
Registration for Walk for Wenjack is now live! We are excited to share that our brand-new Walk for Wenjack website is now live! To register as an individual or a team, click here.
Don’t forget to register for our Walk for Wenjack webinar on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 @ 3:30 pm ET to get a step-by-step breakdown on how to register, log your distance walked, and fundraise!
This session will cover:
- What is Walk for Wenjack?
- Examples of Walks from Legacy Schools
- How to register as a team or individual on our NEW webpage
- Resources available
Join us Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 @ 3:30 pm ET!
Teachers in Anglophone North School District had a PD session last year to unpack their toolkits together. Learn about all the ways you can engage students and youth in Legacy Schools programming.
Unpacking Your Legacy Schools Toolkit
So, you’ve signed up for the Legacy Schools program. Now what?
In this session, DWF staff will provide examples of how educators throughout the country known as Canada use the Legacy Schools toolkit with youth in clubs and classrooms. We’ll share our updated resources and ideas on how schools, groups, and clubs use the toolkits to create positive change and reconciliACTIONs in their communities.
- Find out how to utilize the resources in the Legacy Schools toolkit/booster kit
- Learn about the resources available through our website for all different curriculum areas and ages
- See examples from other schools/groups/clubs
- Ask questions about Legacy Schools and organize your own reconciliACTIONs
Join us Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 @ 3:30 pm ET!
Upcoming Legacy Spaces Events
Now in its fifth year, the LEGACY concert series has expanded to three different Legacy Spaces in Ontario and will feature performances from DWF Artist Ambassadors Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and The Poets (an Indigenous Tragically Hip cover band out of Moose Factory, ON), celebrated musician Susan Aglukark, local Indigenous leader Phil Davis, and more!
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre will also be hosting a free virtual event that will feature musicians from throughout Canada sharing their interpretations of Tragically Hip and Gord Downie songs.
LEGACY: In support of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 pm ET at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Partridge Hall, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON
LEGACY: In support of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton
Friday, October 21 at 8:00 pm ET at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, 1010 Main Street East, Milton, ON
LEGACY: In Support of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund at Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 pm ET at Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Main Theatre, 440 Locust Street, Burlington, ON
DWF Merch Store Closing Sale!
Thinking about grabbing some DWF merch? Now is the perfect time! We will soon be closing our online store, which means all remaining items are on sale. All proceeds help us continue our mission of moving reconciliation forward, so get it before it’s gone! Discount applied automatically to items at check out.