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The Secret Path: The Story of Chanie Wenjack with Mike Downie

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Centennial Theatre

2300 Lonsdale Avenue

North Vancouver, BC V7M 3L1

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The DWF Legacy Schools program is an opportunity for classrooms/schools to lead the movement in awareness of the Indian Residential Schools.

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The North Vancouver School District and the Downie Wenjack Foundation is pleased to co -host the screening of The Secret Path.

After hearing about Chanie Wenjack’s life and death, Gord Downie began a personal project to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack and share it with other Canadians. The project began as ten poems written by Gord as he imagined what it would be like to be Chanie. These poems later became the lyrics to the Juno award-winning album, Secret Path.

In 2014, Gord and Mike brought Secret Path to comic artist Jeff Lemire and asked for help in illustrating Chanie’s story, bringing him and the many children like him to life. Despite his busy schedule, Jeff saw the merit in committing time to this project and together with Gord created Secret Path illustrated book.

Illustrations from Secret Path later formed the basis of the documentary, The Secret Path, co-produced by Mike Downie & Stuart Coxe, animating Chanie’s story and threading in footage of Gord’s northern Ontario visit to the Wenjack sisters.

The Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history—the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the Residential School system—with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation.

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