As DWF evolves to best support small and large scale reconciliation projects in a manner that recognizes and respects Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, we have decided to conclude the micro-granting model for the ReconciliACTION Program. We will focus on supporting ReconciliACTIONs through our classroom-led Legacy Schools and community-based ReconciliACTIONS through our Legacy Spaces program.
If you have applied for a grant, you should have received an email from us on the status of your application. If you have any questions, please reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be launching exciting social impact initiatives that support the development of safe spaces for Indigenous youth throughout this year, so please be sure to join our newsletter and follow our social channels for updates.
DWF Supported ReconciliACTIONs
Young Indigenous hockey players from Attawapiskat, Ontario were supported to take part in a hockey tournament to play on teams of combined Indigenous and non-Indigenous players in Oakville, Ontario. The tournament took place July 6th-10th, 2017.
In the fall of 2017, non-Indigenous participants will have the opportunity to experience live in a remote community through an exchange to Attawapiskat. There they will be hosted by the local community and continue the spirit of friendly competition in the sport of hockey.
Through this project, all players are making new cross-cultural connections, sharing their stories, and learning from one another - cornerstones to our collective reconciliation journey.
To learn more about the Hockey Cares project, visit www.hockeycares.ca
Four Directions Project - North
On board an arctic expedition, August 8-23, 2017; Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from the north and south engaged in intercultural dialogue and change-making through songwriting and recording. The project supported youth to create collaborative reflections on Canada’s colonial history through song and is a collaboration between Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Students on Ice, and Dark Spark.
To watch videos made for each song created, in addition to a short vignette about the expedition and the experience, visit www.darkspark.ca
Iroquois Roots Rugby
Iroquois Roots Rugby is a program which brings the sport of rugby to local Indigenous communities; reducing barriers to sports and promoting physical activity as a fundamental element of health & well-being.
Partnering with players on the Canadian men’s rugby team, and coached by Meagan Wilson (Mohawk Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory), a member of the McMaster women’s rugby team; participants between the ages of 5-18 learn the fundamentals of rugby skills through game-based techniques.
To learn more about Iroquois Roots Rugby, visit www.rootsrugby.org
Hope Gardens will serve as an educational focus program for youth in Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, where six students will have the opportunity to experience trades work first hand while earning high school credits and apprenticeship hours.