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Secret Path Week Presents: Walk For Wenjack 2019

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Evergreen Brick Works

550 Bayview Ave

Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

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For over 150 years, residential schools operated in Canada. Over 150,000 children attended these schools. Many never returned. Often underfunded and overcrowded, these schools were used as a tool of assimilation by the Canadian state and churches. A very cruel experiment. Thousands of students suffered physical, mental, and sexual abuse. All suffered from loneliness and a longing to be home with their families. The damages inflicted by these schools continue to this day.

One of those students was Chanie "Charlie" Wenjack, and we have been especially moved by his story. Chanie was born January 19, 1954. He died October 22, 1966, near Redditt, ON. An Anishinaabe boy, at age 12 he ran away from his residential school and subsequently died from hunger and exposure to the weather. All Chanie wanted was to go home, which was over 600 km away in Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls First Nation. His death sparked national attention and the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools.

Inspired by the "Secret Path" story and Gord Downie's humility, sincerity, and determination to tell the story of all youths from the residential school era who never made it home, let's come together and participate in a spiritual journey called #walkforwenjack in Toronto, ON. The Walk For Wenjack first set out on Nov 20-21, 2016 and retraced the steps of Chanie Wenjack. It started at the Cecillia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, ON, and continued to Redditt, ON for a ceremony representing Chanie's final resting spot near Farlane, ON.

Secret Path Week is Oct 17-22, 2019 - a national movement commemorating the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack. The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund would like to inspire Legacy Schools, Legacy Space partners, and all Canadians to use this week to answer Gord Downie’s call to action to “do something"

In partnership with Evergreen Brick Works, please join us on Oct 18, 2019 on the land of the Mississaaugas of the New Credit First Nation (Toronto).

  • Participate in a spiritual walk on the trails next to Evergreen Brick Works.

  • Experience various Learning Circles in the Children's Garden.

  • Watch the documentary, "The Weight of Your Heart: A Walk With Chanie Wenjack," by Joel Clements.

  • Enjoy music and performances by various Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

  • Gather on the grounds of the Evergreen Brick Works and meet new friends along with some VERY special guests.

Please note, we are encouraging donations as your participation in the event for adults 18 and over and therefore we welcome as many children and youth (accompanied by a legal guardian) to join and participate on this special day.

Also, please RSVP and follow along on our Facebook event page here.

Parking is limited so please consider taking public transportation. Information on a free shuttle here and general transportation here.

If you are a Downie Wenjack Fund Legacy School in the Toronto area, we encourage you to join us at Evergreen Brick Works. For those not in the area, we encourage you to coordinate a local Walk For Wenjack, please contact robferreira@mac.com for more info.

All proceeds support The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

#WalkForWenjack #SecretPathWeek #ReconciliACTION and #DoSomething

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