Legacy Schools: Spring is in the air!

We’ve got some exciting things coming up! In celebration of Indigenous History Month in June, we are offering Artist Ambassador workshops to 20 lucky Legacy School classes or youth groups. Also, our Youth Ambassador applications are still open, and we are now accepting submissions for our Spring Poster Challenge. We’ve got lots going on to help you on your reconciliation journey, check out all the details below for more information!

Offering Free Artist Workshops for Legacy Schools!

Lindsay Lickers and Patrick Hunter are just a couple of the many artists offering virtual workshops in beading and painting for Legacy Schools.Want to have your class learn to paint a beautiful original painting while learning about Anishinaabe culture? Or perhaps you’d like to undertake a beading project with youth while learning about treaties or language. Or maybe your students/youth are interested in making bracelets using seal skin and learning about traditional hunting practices. Wherever your interest lies, we have a workshop for you!

20 Legacy Schools groups will be chosen based on region, and the selected groups will be contacted by DWF.

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Spring Poster Challenge: What does reconciliACTION mean to you?

Belfast School in Calgary Alberta have been taking reconciliACTION through art and learning about Chanie’s residential school experience through the ”Secret Path”.Submit a poster for a chance to win the DWF 2022 Spring Poster Challege. As part of the Legacy Schools Program, participants are encouraged to engage in reconciliACTIONs throughout the year. Students and youth are asked to create a poster that answers the question, what does reconciliACTION mean to you, your family, or your community?

View our poster challenge details


  • Students will win an amazing prize pack including an Orange Shirt from the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
  • Teachers with the most class participation will be entered into a draw to win a classroom set of DWF Orange Shirts.

Six Categories:

  • Elementary Pre-K – Grade 5 (ages 4-10 years)
  • Middle Grade 6 – 8 (11-13 years)
  • Secondary/High School 9-12 (14-18 years)
  • Post-secondary education/Young Adult (18-25 years)
  • Youth Group or Club

Class/Group with most submissions (up to 25 Orange Shirts will be offered to leader/teacher in charge)

Deadline: Friday, May 13, 2022.

Winners Announced:  Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Prizes will be mailed out to schools or homes based on safety and health measures in place in that region.

Submissions should be high quality artwork 8.5×11 inches, at 300 dpi resolution.

Submit PDF files here

Youth Ambassador Applications are OPEN!

Youth Ambassadors will learn about Indigenous cultures and exchange ideas with a variety of special guests. Above, Classic Roots presents to Legacy Schools during Secret Path Week on DWF LIVE.We are accepting applications for our Youth Ambassador Program, which takes place this summer. This program offers youth (16-25 years old) the opportunity to gain practical work and leadership experience, network, and strengthen 21st-century skills, all while learning about Canada’s true history of residential school system.

Throughout the 4-week paid leadership program, 100 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from across Canada will engage in online, part-time work that will turn them into champions of reconciliation in their schools and communities.

At the end of the program, the youth participants will have the chance to make lasting change through our volunteer Youth Advisory Council, which will help guide our programming and champion our work.

Applications close April 15 so make sure to share with your students and youth groups!

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Upcoming DWF Live & Events

Mimi O’Bonsawin | Artiste musical canadien-français (Événement français)

Quand: Le 5 avril @ 13h
Événement français

Si vous êtes attirés par la beauté et la puissance des paysages Boréales, on vous invite à embrasser la musique de Mimi O’Bonsawin. À travers sa musique, elle incarne les paysages à la fois bruts et magnétiques des eaux du nord de l’Ontario, tout en rendant un hommage vibrant à ses riches racines abénaki et canadiennes-françaises. Ses créations musicales empruntent d’amour, ont la ferme intention de transmettre et de sensibiliser.

Son album ELLE DANSE, fut nominee au prix Trille Of et se veut une suite convaincante à ses trois albums précédents. Suivez Mimi sur www.mimi.ca.

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Tell us How we’re Doing!

It’s spring and the end of the school year is in slight! We want to hear about your experience with the Legacy Schools program and how we can improve our toolkits and booster packs coming in September. Please take a moment to complete our survey and a chance to win a DWF Prize pack!

Fill out the Survey