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.