TAMIL CANADIAN WALK 2021 – benefiting The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.

We are pleased to announce that the 13th Annual Tamil Canadian Walk will benefit The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. The walk will be virtual and in-person (limited participation) on Sunday, September 12th, at Thomson Memorial Park in Toronto. As a settler community, Tamil Canadians acknowledge the dark history Canada was built on and the continued struggles and injustices experienced by the Indigenous people of this land. Given the recent recoveries of unmarked graves at former residential school sites, Tamil Canadians recognize that we all have a collective responsibility to increase our awareness and understanding of the plight of and take tangible action in partnership with Indigenous communities towards reconciliation.  

Inspired by Chanie Wenjack’s story and Gord Downie’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Funds raised through the Tamil Canadian Walk will support the organization’s goal to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all peoples in Canada. 

The 2021 Tamil Canadian Walk is a strong #ReconciliACTION answering the call to “Do Something”:

  • Do something to raise further awareness.
  • Do something that improves the lives of Indigenous people.
  • Do something that improves the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

ReconciliACTIONs will be the catalyst for important conversations and meaningful change, recognizing that change starts with every one of us, and each person can make an impact.

Your support will help fund the critical work carried out by The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. Long journey ahead. Walk with us! 12


Since 2009, Tamil Canadian walk has raised over half a million dollars for deserving charities in both locally and internationally. Here is a list of organizations and initiatives we have supported in the past:

Year Organization / Project
2009 SickKids Foundation – Toronto
2010 Canadian Cancer Society
2011 Amnesty International
2012 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Toronto
2013 Holland Bloorview Foundation – Toronto
2014 Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation
2015 Sampur Resettlement Project
2016 Canada Batticaloa Friendship Farm
2017 Thennamarawady Resettlement Project – Sri Lanka
2018 Northern Province Palliative Care Initiative – Sri Lanka
2019 University of Toronto, benefiting Toronto Tamil Chair
2020 Food Security and Economic Empowerment – Sri Lanka
2021 The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

All proceeds from the walk is donated directly to the beneficiary organization or project with zero administration fee. We would like to thank our generous sponsors who continue to step up, to make this possible.

How can you help?

  • Register yourself online and urge your friends and your family to participate in the Tamil Canadian Walk before September 11th, 2020
  • Make a Donation towards the campaign in support of The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.
  • Spread the word! Share the page with your network and close circle and urge them to donate to this important cause. Every dollar makes a difference and your entire donation goes to the organization.
  • Join us on September 12th choose your own route and walk, run, bike or hike
  • Show your support virtually! Post pictures or videos of your plans to participate in 2021 Tamil Canadian Virtual Walk and use the hashtag #TamilCDNwalk21 #DoSomething #ReconciliACTION and tag Canadian Tamil Congress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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