RVH has partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) and the North Simcoe Muskoka Indigenous Health Circle to bring a DWF Legacy Space to the health centre.
The DWF Legacy Space offers a safe place to pause and reflect on Indigenous history and reconciliation. It serves as a reminder of the important work each of us needs to do on this journey together.
RVH is now the first public healthcare setting in Canada with a Legacy Space designation.
Currently, the Legacy Space sits in the main lobby, but is designed to move to other areas of the health centre as well. If you are in the health centre, please take a moment to pause and reflect as we all work towards reconciliation.
Special thank you to Dr. Matt Follwell, Chief of Oncology, and to the RVH physicians who helped to fund and support this project. Support also provided by the Indigenous Health Circle.
DWF Legacy Spaces Program
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Legacy Space program is an initiative by the DWF that aims to create dedicated spaces for education and awareness in organizations. The 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.