OAFC Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Learning & Fundraiser

November 30, 2021 at 10:00am EST., join us for the OAFC Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Education & Fundraising Event!

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) has partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) to help provide education and awareness to Ontario's fire service community and OAFC members. 
 
Through this education and fundraising event, your donation will directly contribute 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”.
 

ABOUT THE GORD DOWNIE & CHANIE WENJACK FUND

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s (Tragically Hip) 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. Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to action to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) aims to build cultural understanding and create a path towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Our vision is to improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples by building awareness, education, and connections between all peoples in Canada.
 
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action urge corporations, governments, educational and religious institutions, foundations, organizations, civil society groups and all peoples in Canada to actively participate in actions to advance reconciliation.
 
Educating all Canadians on the history and lasting impact of residential schools is a necessary and important component of reconciliation. DWF provides access to education on the true history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the true history and lasting impact of residential schools. DWF encourages reconciliation through our programming and events, including reconciliACTIONs (meaningful actions that move reconciliation forward). It is through our work that we are contributing to the shift in the collective consciousness of all peoples in Canada and improving the lives of Indigenous Peoples.
 
DWF is an Indigenous-led organization whose approach to its work and all endeavours is rooted in the Seven Grandfather Teachings – Honesty, Wisdom, Respect, Humility, Courage, Love and Truth. DWF is governed by a Board of Directors made up of outstanding professional Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders (7 Indigenous and 2 non-Indigenous members). They have been in operation since 2016 and received charitable status in 2018.
 
What is Reconciliation?
 
DWF recognizes that reconciliation is not easily defined; it is not linear and does not have a clear endpoint. To us, reconciliation is a continuous process, a journey that leads to improved outcomes for Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of harm, and action to change behaviour are integral to the process. Reconciliation is not just an Indigenous issue – it is a Canadian issue.
 
2020/2021 Program Year Achievements:
 
  • 2,163 registered Legacy Schools with representation in every province and territory, reaching Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in rural, remote, northern, and urban communities.
  • 2,734 active Legacy Schools educators who are equipped with the tools and resources to confidently teach their students about the true history and lasting impact of residential schools.
  • 6,000 free Legacy Schools toolkits and booster kits distributed to schools and educators since 2018.
  • 68,000+ students at all grade levels reached through the Legacy Schools program (based on a conservative estimate of 25 students per educator).
  • 38 Legacy Spaces partners in 22 cities in 6 provinces and 1 territory providing a space for continued learning and open and honest conversations about reconciliation.
  • 20 online events reaching more than 9,000 viewers held during Secret Path Week in October 2020.
  • 85 Walk for Wenjack events held in communities across Canada, engaging more than 1,000 participants in reconciliACTION and raising $34,000+.
  • 13 Indigenous and non-Indigenous speakers and artists featured through DWF LIVE events that connected 5,000 viewers.
Our achievements would not be possible without the support of our donors. As a national charity, we rely on generous contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and others to ensure we have the funding to continue to deliver and grow our programs and events. Together, with their donors, they are making a measurable difference, building a better Canada for all peoples and generations to come!
 
LEGACY SCHOOLS
 
The Legacy Schools program is a free national initiative to engage, empower, and connect students and educators to further reconciliation through awareness, education, and action.  Schools and educators registered in the Legacy Schools program receive a free toolkit with the resources they will need to engage in meaningful reconciliation learning and action with their students.
 
Each toolkit – available in English and French – includes Secret Path books, a Legacy Schools flag, a variety of items sourced from Indigenous businesses (where possible and appropriate), access to an array of educational resources for virtual and in-class learning, ReconciliACTION Guidebook with suggestions and examples, ‘Do Something’ and 'Reconciliation Begins with You’ poster, and Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples booklets.
 
Annually, DWF and our Educator Advisory Committee – a group of First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and non-Indigenous educators – review the resources and materials provided in the toolkit to ensure all of the content and information is still relevant and accurate. Additional educational resources to enhance the program are also identified. Schools and educators already registered in the program receive booster kits at the start of the school year with the new and updated resources.
 
The Legacy Schools program started with approximately 300 schools in its pilot year. It has grown substantially in reach and impact year over year since 2018. There are currently 2,163 schools (a 26% increase from the 2019/2020 school year) and 2,734 educators (a 39% increase from the 2019/ 2020 school year) registered in the program with representation in all provinces and territories, including schools in rural, remote, northern, and urban communities. On average, the program directly reaches 25 students per educator, for a total reach of 68,350 students. During the 2020/2021 school year, 2,755 toolkits and booster kits were distributed.
 

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

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.  
 

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