The Gord Downie
& Chanie Wenjack Fund

About the Fund

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of his family, to improving the lives of First Peoples.

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.

The Downie Wenjack Fund is a project on the Tides Canada Shared Service Platform.


Our Team

Our team is made up of a dedicated group of Indigenous & non-Indigenous steering committee members, supported by operational staff. Together, this group guides the way for the fund and ensures that the fund continues to make the local, grassroots difference in our communities.  

Steering Committee

Mike Downie
Co-Producer, Secret Path documentary
Co-Founder & Steering Committee Co-Chair

Charlene Bearhead
Steering Committee Co-Chair

Harriet Visitor
Wenjack family representative

Elder Claudette Commanda

Natan Obed
President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Morley Googoo
Regional Chief NS/NFLD, Assembly of First Nations

Ry Moran
Executive Director, National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation

Stuart Coxe
Co-Producer, Secret Path documentary

Paul Atkinson
Managing Partner, Southwest Sun Inc.  

 

Staff

Purva Chury
Development Associate 
purva@downiewenjack.ca
416.646.2278 x203 

 

Sarah Midanik
Program Director
sarah@downiewenjack.ca
416.646.2278 x202 

  

Our Sponsors 

 

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Our Supporters

Slaight white logoNorthland Power - WhiteJoyce Family Logo - WhiteDonald Sobey

 

Victoria Royals

Leah and Paul Atkinson Family Foundation

Keissling Family Foundation 

 

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