Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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At their upcoming home game against Edmonton on November 1st, the Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE
Foundation will raise awareness for reconciliation and honour Indigenous people in Canada who have lost
their lives to residential school and suicide, and the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women. The initiative
reflects the organization’s continued support of Indigenous communities, and especially the youth, across

To mark this occasion, a special video will be played at Air Canada Centre that evening featuring Gord
Downie’s recent live performance of Secret Path and highlighting The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
that has been created to support reconciliation across Canada. Secret Path tells the story of Chanie Wenjack,
the 12-year-old Ojibway boy who ran away from his residential school in 1966 and died 6 days later on the
side of the tracks trying to get home. During intermission, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler will
be present at ice level, accompanied by Fred Sasakamoose, the NHL’s first Indigenous hockey player, as well as
Josée Lusignan, president of I Love First Peoples.

The initiative came at the request of Lusignan: “As a non-Indigenous Canadian, I want to see more Canadians
involved in reconciliation. In light of the massive impact Gord is having on our nation, we have an opportunity
to bring reconciliation into every home in Canada and honour Indigenous people in a way that is
unprecedented. Our organization brings forth ideas and projects that make it easy to get involved.” I Love First
Peoples is in talks with other NHL and CFL teams to bring more awareness events in coming months.

“The Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE Foundation feel it is important to engage Canadians in this moment of
reconciliation,” said MLSE Foundation Head of Community Affairs Michael Bartlett. “Our continued
programming, which directly supports the lives of today’s Indigenous youth, reflects how we feel about the
treatment of Indigenous Canadians – in the past and in the present.”


Media Enquiries
Josée Lusignan, President
I Love First Peoples
Tel: 613.668.7238

Steve Keogh, Director, Media Relations
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tel: 647.984.3949

Dila Velazquez
Gord D & Chanie W Fund
Tel: 416.254.7885


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