Trag­i­cally Hip rocker’s fund an­nounces new Hal­i­fax ‘legacy rooms’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC - BY BRETT BUN­DALE

Five Hal­i­fax venues have re­sponded to Trag­i­cally Hip rocker Gord Downie’s call on cor­po­rate Canada to do more to pro­mote di­a­logue and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

The Legacy Room ini­tia­tive, part of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wen­jack Fund, an­nounced new lo­ca­tions Fri­day in­clud­ing a Hal­i­fax pri­vate school, a univer­sity, an ac­count­ing out­let, a res­tau­rant and a devel­op­ment firm.

Char­lene Bear­head, co-chair­woman of the fund, said the spa­ces will en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tions be­tween In­dige­nous and non-In­dige­nous peo­ple and raise aware­ness of the legacy of res­i­den­tial schools.

“Be­ing an­gry or shamed, sham­ing white peo­ple or re-trau­ma­tiz­ing In­dige­nous peo­ple, it doesn’t serve us col­lec­tively,” she said dur­ing an in­ter­view.

“These spa­ces are about build­ing re­la­tion­ships and en­cour­ag­ing learn­ing and aware­ness.”

The five Hal­i­fax lo­ca­tions are the Arm­brae Academy, the Bar­ring­ton Steak House and Oys­ter Bar, the li­brary at Dalhousie Univer­sity, Deloitte At­lantic Canada and the Water­front Devel­op­ment Corp.

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