CIBC Opens Legacy Space at Global Headquarters to Support Pathways to Reconciliation

CIBC Opens Legacy Space at Global Headquarters to Support Pathways to Reconciliation

TORONTO, September 28, 2022 /CNW/ – CIBC today announced the opening of a Legacy Space at its global headquarters, CIBC SQUARE, in advance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2022.

The Heritage Space is dedicated to the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, as well as the importance of economic reconciliation in promoting Indigenous prosperity. Space responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of from Canada Call to Action 92 and following CIBC’s commitment to clear and measurable actions to advance reconciliation.

“CIBC is committed to advancing the economic prosperity of Indigenous peoples and we look forward to using the Legacy Space to foster open dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples,” said Victor Dodig, President and Chief Executive Officer, CIBC. “While we continue to take steps towards reconciliation, there is still much work to be done. CIBC is guided by our Reconciliation Framework and remains committed to bringing about meaningful change and helping Indigenous communities and leaders build a more inclusive future.

The Legacy Space was designed in consultation with local First Nations leaders and Indigenous team members, and in partnership with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund through their Legacy Spaces Program. The consultation began in 2018 with the design of CIBC SQUARE and builds on the former CIBC Legacy space located at Commerce Court West.

“Legacy Spaces provide an opportunity for companies and organizations to make reconciliation a priority in the workplace,” said Sarah Midanik, President and CEO of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. “CIBC was one of the first companies to become one of our Legacy Spaces partners and we are thrilled to have them kick off the incredible expansion and evolution of their Legacy Space at CIBC SQUARE, which will serve as a beautiful reminder of ongoing engagement CIBC has worked to take direct action that prioritizes and advances reconciliation. Developed through a holistic community engagement model, involving Indigenous community members, stakeholders and employees throughout the process, I am very proud of the work done to create this powerful space.

To bring the space to life, CIBC chose the Indigenous Design Studio, a specialist practice by Brook McIlroy.

“The Legacy Space is an opportunity to immerse yourself in an experience centered on Indigenous design, materials and stories. The wooden enclosure serves as a unifying presence, referencing the indigenous structures of the area, and providing warmth and connection to nature. of Manitoulin Island anchors the room at each end offering a visual richness Place of gathering, ceremony, meeting or contemplation, the Legacy space is didactic for those who want to know more, its materials and finishes are carefully selected with the goal of inspiring conversation, learning and relationship building,” said Ryan GorriePrincipal, Brook McIlroy.

Key design features include:

  • An HVAC system designed to support traditional ceremonies such as smudging;
  • Design patterns that represent the lands and waters of our shared territory to remind us of our relationship to the land and to each other;
  • Graphics on the glass walls naming the signatories of the Toronto Purchase which marked the sale of land by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to Britain;
    • The signatures take the form of animal pictograms that represent each person as well as their clan, position and origin;
  • A vaulted ceiling in carved solid oak and wood veneer ribs, inspired by Anishinaabe teaching lodges and longhouses in Wendat and Haudenosaunee villages;
  • An oval table in the middle of the meeting room inspired by the practice of Indigenous sharing circles and designed to encourage meetings and events to follow the same participatory discussion format.

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 13 million personal, commercial, public sector and institutional banking customers. In Personal and Small Business Banking, Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management and Capital Markets, CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services through its leading digital banking network and locations across Canadain United States and around the world. Current press releases and more information about CIBC are available at

About the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund

Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better CanadaThe Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) aims to build cultural understanding and chart a course for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

DWF’s work is centered on improving the lives of Indigenous peoples by strengthening awareness, education and connections among all peoples of Canada. For more information visit

About Brook McIlroy

Brook McIlroy is a design and planning practice that merges the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, and Indigenous placemaking to create a holistic contemporary practice that advances the potential of from Canada lands, peoples and communities.

A unique practice specialty is the Indigenous Design Studio, which is led by Indigenous designers who work with communities, institutions and municipalities on projects that focus on truth and reconciliation and the celebration of Indigenous culture.

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CIBC Opens Legacy Space at Global Headquarters to Support Pathways to Reconciliation

For further information: Kira Smylie, CIBC Communications and Public Affairs, 416-980-2949 or [email protected]

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