Adapted from Gord Downie’s album and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel, "The Secret Path" chronicles the heartbreaking story of Chanie Wenjack’s residential school experience and subsequent death as he escapes and attempts to walk 600 km home to his family. Full animated film screening (first 60 minutes), then watching continues with a post-show CBC Arts live panel discussion "On the Road to Reconciliation" (beginning at the 59:45 minute mark)
Watch “The Stranger” by Gord Downie, Jeff Lemire about Chanie Wenjack (6 minutes Oct 2016)
The first full chapter and song of "The Secret Path".
After Canada's "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" report came the recommendations on how to heal Canada, inclusive of all Canadians, for the healing of all canadians. A whole country is a healthy country. The Truth and Reconcilation Commission is closed, after honourably serving it's purpose of taking First Nations and non-native testimony then recommending nation-wide next steps to be taken by all citizens (for their own personal healing). The next step of Canada's nation-wide healing work is being supported through the 'National Centre for Truth and Reconcilation'
Watch Gord Downie interview on "The National" (27min Oct 2016)
Gord Downie talks about cancer, his recent cross-country tour, and why he's focusing on First Nations issues.
A National Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support to former students. This 24-Hour Crisis Line can be accessed at: 1-866-925-4419
More information about Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
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