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Secret Path

by Gord Downie, illustrated by Jeff Lemire

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Description

Secret Path is a ten song digital download album by Gord Downie with a graphic novel by illustrator Jeff Lemire that tells the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, a twelve-year-old boy who died in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School fifty years ago.

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

Chanie’s story is Canada’s story. We are not the country we thought we were. History will be re-written. We are all accountable. 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. Every year as we remember Chanie Wenjack, the hope for Secret Path is that it educates all Canadians young and old on this omitted part of our history, urging our entire nation to play an active role in the preservation of Indigenous lives and culture in Canada.

The next hundred years are going to be painful as we come to know Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him—as we find out about ourselves, about all of us—but only when we do can we truly call ourselves, “Canada.”

Proceeds from Secret Path will be donated to The Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation via The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at The University of Manitoba.

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Gord Downie

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Jeff Lemire

New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire is the award-winning writer and artist of the acclaimed graphic novels Essex County, Secret Path, The Underwater Welder, The Nobody, Sweet Tooth, and Trillium, as well as the mainstream comic book series featuring Green Arrow, Animal Man, the Justice League, and Moon Knight. He is the writer of All-New Hawkeye, Extraordinary X-Men, and Old Man Logan for Marvel, Descender and Plutona for Image Comics, Black Hammer for Dark Horse, and Bloodshot Reborn for Valiant, as well as the artist for A.D.: After Death, in collaboration with Scott Snyder. He lives with his family in Toronto.
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