Fronts and Downie Wenjack Fund bring reconciliation conversation to the rink
Visitors to the Rogers K-Rock Centre will now see a new purple rink board at the next Kingston Frontenacs game. Thanks to a new partnership with the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, the Kingston Frontenacs, Rogers K-Rock Centre, and Rinkboards Inc. hockey fans might be inspired to start talking about reconciliation during intermission or after the game.
“As Canadians, it’s humbling to see the work Gord did to bring awareness to Chanie’s story and the Residential School System,” said Justin Chenier, Executive Director of Business Operations with the Kingston Frontenacs. “As Kingstonians, we take a little closer pride in the work Gord did, in music, art, and in raising awareness for social issues, and the legacy he created, through The Secret Path and The Downie Wenjack Fund, is truly humbling. Putting a rinkboard up to help raise awareness seems insignificant and small, but if a bunch of people do small things, they become big.”
Mike Downie, Co-founder of the Downie Wenjack Fund, reached out to the Frontenacs about displaying a rinkboard for the Fund. The answer was an easy yes.
“The Downie Wenjack Fund was created to inspire non-Indigenous Canadians to learn our truths from our Indigenous friends. We all can learn about the struggles Indigenous people still face today by simply starting the conversation,” said Mike Downie, Co-Founder of the Downie Wenjack Fund. “Gord challenged us all to ‘do something’ in the name of reconciliation. We thank the our new partners for rising to that challenge.”
The rinkboard is the result of the Kingston Frontenacs and Rogers K-Rock Centre working together to provide the space at no charge. Rinkboards Inc., the company who produces the rinkboards for Rogers K-Rock Centre has agreed to cover the costs of production.
The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) is part of Gord Downie’s legacy he wanted to leave in Canada. The Fund embodies his and his family’s commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous persons. In collaboration with the Wenjack family, the goal of the fund is to continue conversations beginning with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to aid our collective reconciliation journey through a combination of awareness, education and action. For more information or to donate to the Fund, visit downiewenjack.ca
Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
585 Dundas St East, 3rd Floor Toronto,
416-646-2278, ext. 203
of Business Operations
Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club
613-542-4042, ext. 6054