Legacy School Program
Reconciliation in Education
The Legacy School program is a national initiative created by the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) to engage, empower and connect students and educators to further reconciliation through awareness, education and action (reconciliACTION).
In August 2019, DWF announced that Comox Valley Schools became the first school district in all of Canada to sign on all schools to the program.
DWF provides educational resources and program material for educators to develop lessons and programs that will ensure the unique interests, rights, and perspectives of Indigenous peoples are recognized and implemented in schools and communities across Canada.
Each of the 23 school sites received a toolkit at the start of the school year and have already initiated unique and creative activities to support Indigenous learning.
Many of the schools are participating in a walk during Secret Path Week (October 17 - 21) to mark the anniversary of the passing of Chanie Wenjack. Ecole Robb Road and Hornby Island are following the Six Cedar Trees to create a school-wide understanding and culture around reconciliation. Valley View has embraced the Legacy School program with music by introducing songs Downie’s iconic band Tragically Hip into music class.
Scroll down below for a full list of activities schools have already begun and will continue to add to.
- DWF was inspired by Chanie Wenjack’s story as a residential school student and Gord Downie’s call to build a better Canada that aims to build cultural understanding and create a path towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
- DWF’s work centres around improving the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians.
- A reconciliACTION is a meaningful action that moves reconciliation forward. ReconciliACTIONs aims to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in the spirit of reconciliation to share, learn, and create awareness.
For more information about the Secret Path Week visit downiewenjack.ca/our-work/secret-path-week/For more information about the Downie-Wenjack Fund Legacy Schools program visit downiewenjack.ca/our-work/legacy-schools-programs/
Here's what our schools are doing
- A school-wide inquiry beginning with the question, “What is the truth?”
- Secret Path Walk, October 22nd.
- Peace Path Rock project
- Walk the Tracks excursion
- Secret Path Walk
- Every Child Matters daily messages
- Cultural activities during Seventh Generation Lunch Club
- Reflections on Reconciliation Indigenous art project
- Songs of Gord Downie, Secret Path - a week - music and dance
- Rock You Mocs Day for Cultural Teachings through dance
- Reconciliation art project
- Secret Path booklet reading and artwork project
- Grade 9 history project on residential schools
- Shi-Shi-etko, Shin Chi’s Canoe and I Am Not a Number book study
- Conservancy Project - restore indigenous plants and learn local peoples' use of native plants.
- K/1 Talking Circles
- Six Cedar Trees
- Grade 6 participation in Soup Kitchen project.
- Significant Indigenous people in the history of Canada project
- Art project and cultural display
- Secret Path Walk, Courtenay tracks October 29th.
- Drumming project for music students
- Secret Path Walk, October 21st.
- Hope and Love, Beyond the 94 silkscreens
- Feather art project
- Indigenous Ways and Knowing - building school-wide cultural awareness
- Secret Path individual class projects
- Reconciliation Raven Origami
- Downie Hat tile display in collaboration with G.P. Vanier
- Do Something feather project
- Chanie Wenjack awareness and Secret Path walk, a quiet, contemplative outdoor excursion
- Learning jigging for National Indigenous People's Day, June 21.
- 'Walk Chanie Home' school walk, October 21st.
- Bake Sale fundraiser for DWF, October 24th.
- Grade 3 -7 Tragically Hip in Music Class
- Steps toward Reconciliation - board with footprints with the U’Mista tiles
- Elder visits
- Secret Path Walk, October 22nd.