Saturday, September 30th marks Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. To recognize the day, media outlets across the country, including ROCK 95, have partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) for A Day to Listen 2023.
Throughout the day, we’ll hear stories from Indigenous youth and Elders all based on this year’s theme of “Mino Bimaadiziwin: Honouring Indigenous Identity.”
This is a day to listen.
So in that spirit, our on-air team will be stepping aside to allow these stories to take centre stage.
Hosted by William Prince, Shoshona Kisk, and Aysanabee, this year’s programming will feature 13 special guests, including:
- Alan Greyeyes
- Buffy Sainte-Marie
- Ilona Verley
- Jordin TooToo
These special guests will talk about Indigenous identity, land protection, the fusion of traditional and contemporary music, climate change, and more.
By highlighting and listening to Indigenous Peoples we can learn what we can do as a country, as we move forward with hope for future generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
About the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF)
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) was created when two families came together to make change, uphold Chanie and Gord’s legacies, and create a pathway on the journey toward reconciliation.
DWF provides access to education on the true history of Canada and the true history and lasting impact of residential schools.
Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to action to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
What Does Reconciliation Mean?
DWF recognizes that reconciliation is not easily defined. It is not linear and does not have a clear endpoint.
To us, reconciliation is a continuous process, a journey that leads to improved outcomes for Indigenous people throughout Canada. Awareness of the past, an acknowledgment of harm, and action to change behaviour are integral to the process.
Reconciliation is not just an Indigenous issue –it is a Canadian issue.
To learn more about DWF’s work, and what you can do to get involved, visit downiewenjack.ca.