Dear Wilshire Families,
Inspired by Chanie Wenjack’s story and Gord Downie’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 and non-Indigenous peoples.
Secret Path Week is an annual, national movement commemorating the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack. The aim is to inspire Legacy Schools, and all Canadians, to use the week of October 17-22 to answer the call to action to “Do Something” by creating and engaging in reconciliACTIONS. The week raises awareness of the history and continued trauma caused by residential schools.
The Legacy Schools program, of which Wilshire E.S. is proud to be a part of, is a national initiative to engage, inspire and empower Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, staff and students to take part in reconciliation everywhere in Canada.
As part of our commitment in being a Legacy School, we are proud to announce that our school will be participating in a Walk for Wenjack on Friday, October 22. Our kindergarten and primary students will have the opportunity to walk around our school property, while our junior and intermediate students will take a short walk through the neighbourhood. The purpose of the Walk for Wenjack is to honour the life and legacy of Chanie Wenjack as well as to raise awareness of residential schools.
It is through reconciliACTIONS such as the Walk for Wenjack, as well as the necessary ongoing learning about the residential school system that happens throughout the year, that we can truly move reconciliation forward.
We encourage you to learn more about the Downie Wenjack Fund and our work as a Legacy School by visiting their website: https://downiewenjack.ca/