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In part­ner­ship with the Gord Down­ie & Chanie Wen­jack Fund (DWF), A DAY TO LIS­TEN is ded­i­cat­ed to shar­ing sto­ries from Indige­nous lead­ers, res­i­den­tial school sur­vivors, elders, musi­cians, and teach­ers through­out the day. 

The col­lab­o­ra­tion was first con­ceived fol­low­ing the pub­lic announce­ment that the remains of 215 chil­dren were buried at the site of the for­mer Kam­loops Indi­an Res­i­den­tial School and grow­ing num­bers of chil­dren at for­mer res­i­den­tial school sites across Cana­da. Last week’s announce­ment of the dis­cov­ery of the 751 unmarked graves on the site of a for­mer res­i­den­tial school in Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan fur­ther sig­ni­fies the need for the con­ver­sa­tions that are long over­due.

A Day To Lis­ten will run on June 30th from 6AM to 6PM, with more than 400 radio sta­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing, span­ning dif­fer­ent mar­kets, regions, and for­mats, and aim­ing to lever­age the pow­er of radio to enact real change and begin to set a course for a more equi­table future. 2 sto­ries will be shared per hour, and we will be pre-empt­ing some of our reg­u­lar­ly sched­uled pro­gram­ming to participate. 

The mis­sion of DWF is to cre­ate a path­way towards rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, and to improve the lives of Indige­nous peo­ple by build­ing aware­ness, edu­ca­tion, and con­nec­tions between all Cana­di­ans. For more infor­ma­tion and resources please vis­it the Gord Down­ie & Chanie Wen­jack Fund.

Please reach out for sup­port if you, or some­one you know is in need, dur­ing this time. The Nation­al Indi­an Res­i­den­tial School Cri­sis Line is 18669254419 and has been set up to pro­vide sup­port for for­mer stu­dents and those affected. 

Indi­an Res­i­den­tial Schools Res­o­lu­tion Health Sup­port Program

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