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The Spirit Fund Supports the Downie Wenjack Fund

The Spirit Fund is committed to supporting worthy causes. We are proud to announce our support of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF).

The DWF was set up as part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of his family, to improve the lives of First Peoples. It’s the manifestation of Gord Downie’s call to action to all Canadians to “Do Something.”

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 Spirit Fund has made a five-year charitable commitment to the Downie Wenjack Fund, and will be opening a DWF Legacy Room at our headquarters in Calgary. Our team was inspired by Gord Downie’s call to facilitate reconciliACTIONs.

Our first initiative for DWF and the inaugural Secret Path Week was to screen The Secret Path as part of the Calgary Underground Film Festival. The Secret Path is an animated film adaptation of Gord Downie’s album and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel in a musical retelling of Chanie Wenjack’s story.

We look forward to driving further awareness to the work of the Downie Wenjack Fund, by helping promote awareness and to learn and act in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

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