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Secret Path

Official Secret Path Website​​

"​Gord Downie began Secret Path as ten poems incited by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who died fifty years ago on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Gord was introduced to Chanie Wenjack (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers) by Mike Downie, his brother, who shared with him Ian Adams’ Maclean’s story from February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.”  The documentary concludes a CBC trilogy that has spanned three years and includes The Secret Path animated feature (set to Downie's Secret Path album) and Gord Downie's Secret Path in Concert. Stream both in full on the Secret Path website

 Music​ is also  included on this page. 

Click here to see the 1967 Maclean's article, The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack​

Behind the scenes with Gord Downie at the challenging and inspiring Secret Path live rehearsals​​

Downie's band, family and the Secret Path team share stories in this clip from new doc Finding the Secret Path​ from CBC Docs.  The documentary concludes a CBC trilogy that has spanned three years and includes The Secret Path animated feature (set to Downie's Secret Path album) and Gord Downie's Secret Path in Concert. Streaming available here​ in full now.​​

​For trailer, view clip below...

Teaching with Compassion Poster: Ideas for Self-Care when Exploring Difficult Topics

Click below for poster.  You can also order this from SD71 print shop.

Secret Path Locally Developed Lessons 
Thes lessons look at the first song/chapter of the book Secret Path, called the Stranger. Students get a look at the background information of Chanie and his journey and the connection to Gord Downie.  Using think, wonder, and notice as a discussion points, students watch the music video, read the book, and have an in-depth look at the lyrics. You could continue to use this discussion model as you work your way through the book. 
Introductory Lesson
Lesson 2 - Identity - What Makes You, You?
Lesson 3 - Lyrics Discussion

The official trailer for the movie: ​

Lesson Plans

 The Manitoba Teachers' Society created  lesson plans for the book, ​Secret Path.

There are lesson plans for all grade levels! Click here for lessons.  

These lessons are also included in SD71 LRC Secret Path kits.  Music links are included. 

CBC website​

CBC has numerous current topical resources, short docs etc. about residential school and reconciliation.  

Click here for more.