Downie-Wenjack Legacy Schools
"The DWF Legacy Schools program is an opportunity for classrooms/schools to lead the movement in awareness of the history and impact of the Residential School System on Indigenous Peoples. Educators will use a Legacy Schools Toolkit and educational support resources to engage students, staff and the school community, and as the catalyst for their commitment to the work of reconciliation." Read and Learn more.
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of both the Downie and Wenjack families, to call Canadians to learning and action in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of this land. The goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to support the reconciliation process through awareness, education, and action. Information from: https://www.downiewenjack.ca/home
When you are registered as a Legacy School - you will receive a purple box with materials, one of which is a USB (Toolkit) with many resources divided into age categories for your classroom use to "introduce the topic of residential schools and Canada's history as it relates to Indigenous Peoples. the Secret Path along with the resources in the Toolkit (USB) to further educate students to build empathy and create deeper understanding." (Legacy Schools and ReconiliACTIONS Guide 2018-2019, p. 3,4)
This Story Map chronicles the life of Chanie Wenjack and engages us in the ongoing conversation about truth and reconciliation.
SD71 indigenous Educations has compiled helpful resources and videos for teachers around this graphic novel by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire to highlight the story of Chanie Wenjack, a boy who attempted an escape from Residential School. Lessons for all grades. Please use with discretion in the early years. We suggest this book to be studied in depth at later grades and with support from teachers.