Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) provides a positive and engaging opportunity for organizations to amplify the growing movement of reconciliACTION in their own communities. This Legacy Space demonstrates RBC’s active commitment to the work of reconciliation by creating awareness and providing honest, comprehensive, and authentic education about residential schools and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. RBC is answering Gord Downie’s call to Do Something to move reconciliation forward.

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. Their vision is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all peoples in Canada.

DWF provides access to education on the true history of Canada and the lasting impact of the residential school system. DWF encourages reconciliation through their programming, campaigns, partnerships, and events, including reconciliACTIONs (meaningful actions that move reconciliation forward). It is through their work that they are contributing to the shift in the collective consciousness of all peoples in Canada and improving the lives of Indigenous people.

ReconciliACTIONs aim is to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together in the spirit of reconciliation to create awareness, share, and learn. They act as a catalyst for important conversations and meaningful change, recognizing that change starts with every one of us. ReconciliACTIONs fulfill Gord’s call to action to “Do Something”.

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