"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.
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.
Lesson Plans from Manitoba Teachers Association
The Manitoba Teachers' Society created lesson plans for the book, Secret Path.
There are lesson plans for all grade levels and in French! Click here for lessons.
These lessons are also included in SD71 LRC Secret Path kits. Music links are included.
This Story Map chronicles the life of Chanie Wenjack and engages us in the ongoing conversation about truth and reconciliation.