Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals and The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund are pleased to announce that they have partnered together for the 2017-18 hockey season. The Downie Wenjack Fund was established as part of Gord Downie’s legacy to bring awareness of the true history of Indigenous People and to generate discussion to forge new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.
The Royals will support the Fund with an awareness campaign as well as fundraising initiatives, including a pledge of 100% of proceeds from the online sale of all 2016-17 Royals game-worn jerseys. Additional initiatives will be announced throughout the season.
“Gord Downie made a simple request of Canadians,” Royals’ President and General Manager Cameron Hope said. “He challenged us all to Do Something. Our response is to do our part to raise awareness, and funds, to help jumpstart conversations we should all be having about ending patterns of misunderstanding.”
The Downie Wenjack Fund initiatives are aimed at giving a voice to Indigenous issues, fostering understanding, and helping to create a positive and ongoing impact on Indigenous lives. These initiatives include The Downie Wenjack Fund Legacy Room Project and the provision of ReconciliACTION Grants to community based, grassroots, reconciliation projects across Canada.
“The Victoria Royals answered Gord’s call and found their own way to Do Something”, says Mike Downie, co-chair and co-founder of the Downie Wenjack Fund, “It’s these kind of partnerships that will promote Indigenous inclusion in the hearts and minds of Canadians coast-to-coast-to-coast”.
Those interested in further information, or looking to donate to this important cause, are encouraged to visit www.downiewenjack.ca.