Secret Path by Gord DownieSecret Path is a ten song 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.
Misinformation Being Taught to Canadian School Children
Teachers in more than 40, classrooms across Canada are providing their students with false information about the tragic death of young Chanie Wenjack whose frozen body was found curled up beside a railway track in northwestern Ontario on October 23, Despite the fact Chanie Wenjack was attending a public school in Kenora and only boarded at the former Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School along with other Aboriginal children from far-away reserves without schools, Secret Path shows them praying at classroom desks with a nun looking on. There were no nuns at Cecilia Jeffrey. Nevertheless, school children reading Secret Path see drawings of nuns in habits delousing naked Ojibway boys who are covering their genitals with their hands. A male with a large white cross on his chest drags a screaming child into a building.
This exhibit examines the Indian residential school experience, most particularly in the two schools that were located in Kenora, Ontario — Cecilia Jeffrey and St. It also includes mention of all six schools in Treaty 3, as many local residents were sent to schools outside the immediate Kenora area. The exhibit is reflective of the residential school experience across Canada, nation-wide. Powerful images, text, video, archival material and personal recollections combine to tell the story of the residential school experience. Visitors will learn why residential schools were established, what life in the schools was like, the legacy of the schools, the recent settlement agreement, and Government and church apologies. The primary objectives of this exhibit are to acknowledge this part of our history; to promote awareness about the residential schools and the long-term effect they had on the First Nations people; and to honour those whose lives have been touched by the schools.
This web-exhibit contains content that may be triggering for some researchers. For staff, the process of getting to the school was arduous. Cecilia Jeffrey School — Old School, c. Cecilia Jeffrey School, which is situated in the heart of some of the most beautiful lake scenery in Canada…. To describe the five hour trip from Kenora to the school on board the Wanderer one would need the gift of our best writers, and even then would fall short in conveying to others an adequate conception of the beauty of the lake with its 6, islands Donaghy, October , p.
The boys and girls were separated in the yard by a wire fence. On more than one occasion, he stood helplessly on his side and watched as one of the nuns beat her for some real or imagined indiscretion. - The residential school system represents a dark legacy of Canadian history. The government-sponsored schools aimed to assimilate Indigenous children.
Great amount of detail. Maybe shorten some things up the blog seems to go on for a long time. What was the most surprising thing you learned about the way this residential school was run? Thanks for the comment! The most surprising thing I learned was definitely the experiments, as I had no idea that they did things like that at these schools. I love that you had so many pictures and links! Just watch grammar there were a few mistakes.
Today, they sip tea with honey, making jokes about bannock and squirrels. While the close-knit group often has hearty laughs together, they also sometimes find themselves reflecting on the impact of colonization, residential school and racism. Kenora, a city in northwestern Ontario on Lake of the Woods, not far from the Manitoba border, has been called the crossroads of colonization. Treaty 3 territory, where the city sits, had six different residential schools, with the last one closed in In the three years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC issued its report, which included 94 Calls to Action, the idea of reconciliation has permeated meetings, churches, dinner tables and coffee shop talk in the city of about 15,