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Rogers and Downie Wenjack Fund partner to open Legacy Space

February 15, 2019

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On February 13, we opened a new Legacy Space at our head office in Toronto! In partnership with the Downie Wenjack Fund, we opened this space as part of our commitment to building an inclusive culture at Rogers that celebrates the diversity of every one of our team members. The space is a meeting room dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of Indigenous art, history, and culture, with our teams and community members.

Legacy spaces are an opportunity for people to reflect on Indigenous history and take important next steps on the journey to reconciliation. Our Legacy Space is part of our journey, as we continue to support our people to bring their whole selves to work, every day.

Hosted by Hometown Hockey’s Ron MacLean, the Legacy Space opening event was a moving tribute to our Indigenous communities. Jim Reid, Chief Human Resources Officer at Rogers shared insights with our teams as to why we were investing in the space, and reinforced our commitment to strengthening Inclusion & Diversity at Rogers. As well, a member our Indigenous employee committee, Nicole McCormick, shared her story.

The event also featured a traditional drum song from the Aazhibik singers from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, poetry readings, remarks from Mike & Patrick Downie and a personal note from the Wenjack family.

In total, 20 artists, photographers, and educated contributed art, historical artifacts, and photographs to the space. The space features art from Indigenous artists, including Muralist and Storyteller Philip Cote, who contributed the stunning table, the centrepiece of the space.

Read more about the Downie Wenjack Fund’s legacy spaces here. To learn more about our commitment to Inclusion & Diversity, click here.