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.


With ongoing awareness and education, the next step towards reconciliation is action. All Legacy Schools are encouraged to create ReconciliACTIONs which are unique to each school, and can incorporate fundraising, cultural activities and, where possible include land-based and “in community” learning. DWF’s aim is to have ReconciliACTIONs culminate during Secret Path Week, October 17-22, 2018, to create a national movement of awareness and understanding.  We encourage everyone to coordinate a fundraising walk in honour of Chanie Wenjack and his journey to return home. DWF will share these inspiring and compelling ReconciliACTIONs on our website and social media to provide support to schools and inspire all of us to “Do Something.”


The DWF Legacy Schools Program launched September 2018 with a tremendous response from schools, educators, and students across Canada.
  • 322 Legacy Schools registered
  • 840 Legacy School toolkits distributed to 6 Provinces & Territories
  • 1,213 participating classrooms reaching over 35,000 students nation-wide


The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund gratefully acknowledges Northland Power for their generous support of the Legacy Schools program. For thirty years, Northland Power has generated clean and green energy, creating a more sustainable future for our planet. We thank Northland Power, not only for their commitment to the work of reconciliation, but for taking steps towards creating a brighter future for generations to come.


*Thank you for your interest in becoming a Legacy School.  While we are continuing to accept registrations, please note the next shipment of Legacy School kits will take place in the Fall of 2019.  If you have and questions or would like to share your school's reconciliACTIONs please email:



To register as a Legacy School, please fill out the form below: 

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