Halifax has answered Gord Downie Call for ReconciliACTION.
Halifax Regional Council passed a Statement of Reconciliation to support the municipality’s work with Mi’kmaq and Urban Indigenous communities. The municipality is committed to the recommendations outlined in the report put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and to working with the community to address issues that impact access to municipal services. As part of this commitment Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) has partnered with the Gord Downie & Channie Wenjack Fund to open the first legacy space in Canada that will be located within Halifax City Hall.
The Legacy Space in City Hall will provide information about Channie Wenjack and reconciliation for staff and visitors. We are committed to having accurate information available to all, regarding Indigenous History on our journey to reconciliation. The space will be safe, welcoming place where conversations about the past, present and future will be facilitated and encouraged. The space will serve as a symbol and reminder for Halifax Regional Council of the important work around reconciliation.
The Legacy Rooms concept was created by AFN Regional Chief Morley Googoo as he championed the Truth & Reconciliation file at the National and Regional level. He worked with Gord & Mike Downie to take this concept and make it a reality, with Nova Scotia now having five legacy spaces in the Halifax with more opening very soon.
There are currently five Legacy Spaces in the Halifax region. The Legacy Space in Halifax City Hall is the first in Canada to be created within a city hall.
Advance Viewing for the public will be held on October 1st, 2018 10:00 AM- 12:00 Noon
Official Unveiling will be held on October 4th, 2018
For more information on the space contact
Cheryl Copage-Gehue, Advisory Indigenous Community Engagement
Diversity & Inclusion Unit