Downie’s fund an­nounces new ‘legacy rooms’

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Five Hal­i­fax busi­nesses 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 the lo­ca­tions Fri­day in­clud­ing a Hal­i­fax pri­vate school, a univer­sity, an ac­count­ing firm, a restau­rant and a devel­op­ment firm. Char­lene Bear­head, co-chair­woman of the fund, says the spa­ces will en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tions be­tween Indige­nous and non-Indige­nous peo­ples and raise aware­ness of the legacy of res­i­den­tial schools. The five Hal­i­fax lo­ca­tions join three legacy rooms es­tab­lished in On­tario and aboard the Canada C3 ship, bring­ing the to­tal to nine rooms across the coun­try. The host of each Legacy Room has com­mit­ted to an an­nual do­na­tion of $5,000 over the next five years, which will go to­ward grass­roots rec­on­cil­i­a­tion pro­grams. The fund hon­ours 12-yearold Chanie Wen­jack, who died in 1966 af­ter run­ning away from a res­i­den­tial school near Kenora, Ont.

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