TORONTO – Last week, Scotiabank demonstrated its commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through the unveiling of a Downie Wenjack Fund Legacy Room at its offices in Toronto.
“We’re excited about this partnership with Scotiabank,” said Mike Downie, the Downie Wenjack Fund’s Co-Founder and Steering Committee Co-Chair. “By opening this Legacy Room, they’re not only making a commitment within their own organization, they’re also inspiring others to take action.”
The Downie Wenjack Fund was created to continue the conversation of reconciliation that began with Gord Downie’s 2016 album The Secret Path, which tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year old boy who died while fleeing a residential school.
A Legacy Room is a dedicated space in an office, school, or restaurant where people will have the opportunity to learn Chanie Wenjack’s story and the history he represents, and be inspired to act in the name of reconciliation.
“When I first heard about this project, it struck me personally because it highlighted the very important role conversation can play in remembering our past and ensuring we do not repeat those same mistakes”, said Barb Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank. “Scotiabank is very honoured to be a part of the Legacy Room family, and we’re committed to engaging in continuous dialogue on reconciliation both inside the Bank and with our clients who will attend meetings in this room.”
The Downie Wenjack Fund Legacy Room is marked with a plaque displayed at the entrance, a framed Legacy Room print featuring Gord Downie’s call to action and an image of Chanie Wenjack, and information about the Downie Wenjack Fund and creating acts of reconciliation.
“The Downie Wenjack Fund welcomes Scotiabank to the family of businesses, organizations, and schools who are committed to increasing awareness of Chanie’s story and the importance of reconciliation,” said Downie.
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