OAFC Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Learning & Fundraiser

Due to a scheduling conflict this event has been postponed.  New details coming soon!

 
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) is pleased to be partnering with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) to try and do our part towards Indigenous reconciliation by providing education and awareness on Indigenous issues, and at the same time, raise funds for the work conducted by this important organization.  
 
Inspired by Chanie Wenjack’s story and Gord Downie’s call to “do something”, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
 
On the recommendation of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Committee and Gord’s call to “do something”, the OAFC is hosting this no-cost cost event for members and the fire service to help to educate, create awareness, and to try and improve the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. 
 
In lieu of registration fees, we ask that those attending make a donation to the DWF and help reconciliation through reconciliACTIONs (see description below).
 

Who is Chanie Wejack?

Chanie Wenjack, misnamed Charlie Wenjack by his teachers, was an Anishinaabe boy born in Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls Reserve on January 19th, 1954. Chanie’s story, tragically, is like so many stories of Indigenous children in this country; he fell victim to Canada’s colonization of Indigenous Peoples.
 
In 1963, at the age of nine, Chanie was sent to the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential school in Kenora, Ontario. In 1966, at 12-years old, Chanie ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey, attempting to reunite with his family 600 kilometers away in Ogoki Post. Nine others ran away that same day, all but Chanie were caught within 24 hours.
 
Chanie’s body was found beside the railway tracks on October 22, 1966, a week after he fled. He succumbed to starvation and exposure. Chanie is survived by his sisters, Pearl and Daisy, and many other family members who carry his legacy and story. Pearl Their goal is to share with all who will listen to prevent such atrocities from taking place again.
 

Gord Downie

Gord Downie was the lead singer, songwriter and driving creative force behind The Tragically Hip, who brought their energetic, live performances to audiences around the world for over three decades. The group released their first album, The Tragically Hip, in 1987 and have since released thirteen studio albums, including their final album, Man Machine Poem (2016).  Gord also enjoyed a career as a solo artist. He released six albums, including Secret Path.
 
In August of 2016, Gord asked all Canadians to look at the state of Indigenous-settler relations in this country and to “Do something” to change them for the better. In December of 2016, Gord was given the Lakota Spirit Name, Wicapi Omani, which can be translated as “Man who walks among the stars” for his reconciliACTIONs.
 

GORD’S Legacy

In October of 2017, Gord Downie passed away with his children and family close by. His legacy, messages of hope, and powerful calls to action live on. Gord has dedicated his legacy to creating lasting, positive change in Canada; DWF is committed to making Gord proud as he begins to walk down this new path in his journey.
 

What are reconciliACTIONs 

A reconciliACTION is a meaningful action that moves reconciliation forward. ReconciliACTIONs aim to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in the spirit of reconciliation to share, learn, and create awareness. It is the answer to Gord’s call to ‘Do Something’; do something to raise further awareness, do something that improves the lives of Indigenous people, do something to improve the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. ReconciliACTIONs act as catalysts for important conversations and meaningful change – recognizing change starts with each of us and every person can make an impact.
 
A few ideas for a reconciliACTION are:
  • Researching the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in your region and learning the land acknowledgement; make sure this is built into your business’s or organization’s communications
  • Host a dinner, lunch and learn, or morning coffee with some traditional Indigenous dishes. Share information and encourage conversations about Indigenous history, culture and reconciliation
  • Visit a local Indigenous organization; friendship centre, community group, museum, or attend a cultural event in your community.
 
Learn more about the DWF at https://downiewenjack.ca/

 

Agenda 

TIME
PRESENTATION
10:00
Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:05
Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Overview 
10:25
Student Presentation on Reconciliation 
11:10
Q&A
 
 
 
Learn more about the DWF at https://downiewenjack.ca/

 

Support the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund!  

How to Donate/Sponsor

 
Sponsoring the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack fund contributes to reconciliation in Canada by supporting the development of resources for DWF programs such as Legacy Spaces, Legacy Schools, reconciliACTIONs and events that serve to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together.
 
Being the title sponsor of this OAFC initiative with DWF highlights your brand's commitment to supporting human rights, increases brand recognition, connections, and helps achieve your marketing goals specifically tailored to your desired audience. In addition, you can be proud to know that your commitment goes towards helping Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack fund, and reconciling Indigenous people with non-Indigenous.  
 
 

Sponsorship Inclusions

  • Company profile – Name, logo, website, and social media links. Plus, a banner ad in a prime location at the top of our education and Fundraising website.
  • Access for you and staff to the online session.
  • Electronic copies of the online session registration list with contact details.
  • Recognition in all e-communications and on the website leading up to the event.
  • Downloadable PDFs of your company profile sent to all attendees.
  • Company logo on the post event survey.
  • Company logo displayed during the workshop.
  • Company logo displayed before and at the end of the workshop and in the waiting room before the event begins.
  • Opportunity to provide a short video clip advertising your organization.
OAFC Industry Member
Industry Member Sponsor 
$2000.00

Non-Member

Non-Member Sponsor 
$2,500.00
Please contact Kris Newton for more information on sponsorship.  kris.newton@oafc.on.ca
 
The Ontario Association of Fire Chief has partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Learning to help provide education and awarness to our community and OAFC members.
 
Your donation contributes to reconciliation in Canada by supporting the development of resources for DWF programs such as Legacy Spaces, Legacy Schools, reconciliACTIONs and events that serve to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together.
 
ReconciliACTIONs are meaningful actions that move reconciliation forward and aim 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 change and fulfill Gord’s call to action to “Do Something”.
 
Legacy Schools provides free educational resources to thousands of schools throughout Canada to ensure education is inclusive of the unique interests and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples.
 
Legacy Spaces gives corporations, government, educational institutions and other organizations a chance to play an important role in reconciliation by providing safe spaces to learn about Indigenous history and reconciliation.
 
Donations can be made when you register for this event.  
 
Learn more about the DWF at https://downiewenjack.ca/

 

 

Contact Us

For questions regarding the OAFC Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Event, or any of our events, please contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager by email at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca
 
For more information on the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, donation inquires, or how you can get involved, please contact staff@downiewenjack.ca or http://downiewenjack.ca
 
Learn more about the DWF at https://downiewenjack.ca/