Public screening Sunday – honouring Chanie Wenjack

Secret Path book cover

Secret Path book cover


WINNIPEG, MB – In October 1966, Chanie Wenjack died of exposure while trying to walk home to the family he was taken from 600 kilometers away. He was 12 years old. Chanie was running away from the Cecelia Jeffrey Residential School in Kenora, Ontario.

Fifty years later, The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has taken Wenjack’s story and turned it into The Secret Path project, which consists of a solo album, a graphic novel and an animated film. Downie is using his celebrity to draw attention to the legacy of Residential Schools.

This Sunday, CBC presents a documentary featuring Downie and Pearl Wenjack, Chanie’s sister, coming together in Ogoki Post where Chanie is buried. The doc will be followed by a commercial free broadcast of The Secret Path, an animated graphic novel set to the music by Downie on Chanie’s last days. It is very powerful.

In partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg is co-hosting a free public screening:

WHERE: Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall
3rd floor Centennial Hall
515 Portage Avenue

WHEN: Sunday, October 23, 2016

7:30 – Door open
7:45 – Opening remarks by Dr. Frank Deer, Acting Executive Lead, Indigenous Achievement, University of Manitoba and Kevin Lamoureux, Associate   Vice- President, Indigenous Affairs,     UWinnipeg
8:00 – CBC web streaming on the CBC Arts Page
9:00 – Elder to offer some words of guidance, reflective remarks followed by a discussion with the audience.


Watch Gord’s Downie’s recent interview with CBC host Peter Mansbridge

Link to The Gord Downie Secret Path Fund

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Diane Poulin, Senior Communications Specialist, The University of Winnipeg

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