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Downie-Wenjack Legacy Space & Collection: The Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Fund

Fund Information




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

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund was created out of two families coming together, to make change, uphold Chanie and Gord's legacies, and create a pathway on the journey toward reconciliation. The Fund provides access to education on the true history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the true history and legacy of Residential Schools. Reconciliation is  encouraged through programming and events.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of his family, to improving lives of First Peoples in Canada. In collaboration with the Wenjack Family, the goal of the Fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to aid our collective reconciliation journey through a combination of awareness, education, and action.

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Information Source: Downie Wenjack Fund, 2021.