ReconciliACTIONs, a term coined by Stan Wesley, are Acts of Reconciliation which embody the spirit of Gord‘s famous saying, “Do Something”.
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack ReconciliACTION program seeks to support, promote, and inspire grassroots, community-based ReconciliACTIONs across Canada.
DWF is currently reviewing ReconciliACTION grant applications. Please keep an eye on your email for status 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.