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The Downie Wenjack Legacy Room

Learn About Canada's Indigenous History 

Legacy Spaces are designated spaces dedicated to providing accurate information regarding Indigenous history and our journey of reconciliation. The spaces are meant to be safe and welcoming places where conversations about the past, present and future are facilitated and encouraged. They also serve as symbols and reminders for employees, clients, students and guests of the important work each of us needs to do if the promises of this country are to be fulfilled.

The DWF Legacy Spaces program is an opportunity for corporations, government, organizations and educational institutions to play an important role in their communities. If you are interested in establishing a DWF Legacy Space, please email legacyspaces@downiewenjack.ca.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of his family, to improving the lives of First Peoples. In collaboration with the Wenjack family, the goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story and to aid our collective reconciliation journey through awareness, education, and action.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack (DWF) team is Indigenous-led and is located on the Haudenosaunee Territory, The Six Nations of the Grand River alongside their neighbours The Mississaugas of the New Credit.

Backstory | Chanie Wenjack

Chanie Wenjack, misnamed Charlie Wenjack by his teachers, was an Anishinaabe boy, born in Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls Reserve on January 19th, 1954.

In 1963, at the age of nine, Chanie was sent to the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential school in Kenora, Ontario. In 1966, at 12-years old, Chanie ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey, attempting to reunite with his family who were 600 kilometers away in Ogoki Post. Nine others ran away that same day but all were caught within 24 hours. 

Unfortunately, Chanie’s body was found beside the railway tracks on October 22, 1966, a week after he fled. He succumbed to starvation and exposure. In his pocket was nothing but a little glass jar with seven wooden matches. Chanie fell victim to Canada’s legacy of colonization of Indigenous Peoples.

Chanie’s story, tragically, is like so many stories of Indigenous children in this country. 

The Secret Path

After hearing about Chanie Wenjack’s life and death, Gord Downie began a personal project to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack and share it with other Canadians. The project began as ten poems written by Gord as he imagined what it would be like to be Chanie. These poems later became the lyrics to the Juno award-winning album, Secret Path. 

In 2014, Gord and Mike brought Secret Path to comic artist Jeff Lemire and asked for help in illustrating Chanie’s story, bringing him and the many children like him to life. Jeff saw the merit in committing time to this project and together with Gord created Secret Path illustrated book.

The Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history—the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the Residential School system—with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation.

To learn more about the Secret Path project, visit www.secretpath.ca.

FEATURED BRAND | CAPITA

ABOUT THE BRAND

Capita is dedicated to efficiency and sustainability, and their production process is fueled by a company-wide understanding that “Everything Is Possible”. Launched in the Pacific Northwest 16 years ago, this snowboard brand has grown from a tiny movement to one of the front-running snowboard manufacturers on the planet, with creative energy like no other snowboard company. With progressive engineering, Capita snowboards guarantee power and stability through each turn while dominating every modern riding environment. Capita has designed some of the most advanced snowboards available and they are well known for performance in relation to price tag.

the mothership | mars1

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MARS1 is the world’s first clean energy snowboard production facility. As the CAPiTA base station and manufacturing home, The Mothership—distinguished as a flagship of responsible manufacturing—was awarded the Energy Globe Award for the Carinthia region in 2017. Known as Nature’s Nobel Prize, with 178 participating countries, the Energy Globe is today’s most prestigious environmental award. It is presented annually to projects focusing on renewable energies and the conservation of resources.

Their dedication to building the world’s best snowboards, with the most efficient and sustainable processes, is galvanized by the company mantra—EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

The Mothership | Moonshot Facility

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Their Gravity Propulsion Laboratory has spent years innovating, testing and refining what materials they use—and how they use them—with a singular purpose: To make the best snowboards on the planet.

The Mothership has the unique ability to develop proprietary processes bolstered by being the only snowboard factory in the world with their own on-site testing slope. With powerful snow cannons and a floodlight system for clandestine night missions, the Moonshot Facility is their playground to make EVERYTHING POSSIBLE.

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