Though the main topic in 2016 regarding Gord Downie has sadly been surrounding the state of his health, the adored Canadian rocker made headlines for a different reason, and it’s a very good one.
On October 22, 1966 near Kenora, Ontario, an Indigenous boy named Chanie Wenjack died escaping Cecilia Jeffery Indian Residential School, after being taken from his home. He was walking home to the family he was taken from. Unaware that the journey back home would take 600 kilometers, Wenjack sadly passed away at the halfway point due to freezing weather.
Fifty years later, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has made Wenjack’s story into an poetic art piece. The Secret Path project consists of a solo album, a graphic novel and an animated film. Downie teamed up with illustrator Jeff Lemire to create the 88-page graphic novel depicting Wenjack’s courageous journey.
Last Sunday (October 23), CBC live-streamed The Secret Path
in an hour-long commercial-free broadcast. Watch the touching story in the player above.
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