The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack fund gets some love in the federal budget

While indie musicians were denied additional funding from the Feds, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, is going to get $5 million. This comes as part of a pledge towards a number of First Nations initiatives contained in the budget.

To quote from the fund’s website:

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of both the Downie and Wenjack families, to call Canadians to learning and action in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of this land. The goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to support the reconciliation process through awareness, education, and action.

Somewhere, Gord is most pleased.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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