Mayor & Council of The Village of Blacks Harbour has made the unanimous decision to make a donation to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund. In addition to the Village’s donation, council also unanimously agreed to each make a personal donation toward the fund.
The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund is “inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between indigenous peoples and non-indigenous peoples. Our goal is to improve the lives of indigenous people by building awareness, education and connections between all Canadians.”
You can read more or donate to the fund here:
While Canada Day celebrations are cancelled in our community this year, we invite the community to continue to observe Canada Day. Use this day to reflect and to listen, learn and support the indigenous peoples of the land now called Canada.
We encourage the community to take action on July 1st toward reconciliation in any of the following ways:
50 Acts of Reconciliation
University of Alberta offers a free online course Indigenous Canada
Settlers Take Action
Learn about whose land you live on https://native-land.ca
Read about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the 94 calls to action https://nctr.ca/records/reports/
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/21-things-you-may-not/9780995266520-item.html
Seven Fallen Feathers
Wear Orange or Black to show support
Be public about your solidarity
Support an indigenous owned small business, Artists, Musicians
Books written by Indigenous Authors https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/top-tens/indigenous-reads/
Indian Residential School Survivors Society
Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund
CBC Short Documentary Inendi
The Fifth Estate -the truth about St. Anne’s https://youtu.be/ep7AW2K4Xww
Podcast: Still Here Still Healing https://anchor.fm/jade-roberts1/episodes/Episode-1-Marys-Story-era0v2
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