Canadian Heritage Centre

Exploring our heritage

The Secret Path

Chanie Wejack (misnamed Charlie by his teachers) was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966. He was trying to walk home, along the railroad tracks, trying to escape the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where his home was, nor how to find it. But like so many kids from residential schools, – more than anyone will be able to imagine, – he tried.

Chanie Wenjack haunts us. His story is Canada’s story. We are not the country we think we are. History will be rewritten. All of the residential schools will be pulled apart and studied. The next hundred years are going to be painful and unsettling as we meet Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him, – as we find out about ourselves, about all of us, – and when we do, we can truly call ourselves Canada.

Proceeds will be donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is dedicated to preserving the history of the residential schools in Canada, making their history known, and moving our country forward on the path to reconciliation.

Gord Downie
Secret Path


Gord Downie’s The Secret Path
CBC Arts, Film and Panel Discussion
Streamed live on Oct 23, 2016

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Imagine a Canada
A National Arts and Communication Initiative for Youth