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'The most emotional thing I've ever done': Jeff Lemire on illustrating Gord Downie's Secret Path. What Chanie Wenjack's sister wants from Gord Downie's Secret Path - Thunder Bay. Chanie Wenjack. Born 19 January 1954; died 23 October 1966 At age 9, Chanie Wenjack was sent to the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School, near Kenora, Ontario.

Chanie Wenjack

Chanie ran away from school at age 12 and died during his attempt to return home. How Chanie Wenjack chose Joseph Boyden. Chanie Wenjack.

How Chanie Wenjack chose Joseph Boyden

(The Wenjack Family) The story has all the hallmarks of great tragedy: an innocent boy lost in the vast wilds of northern Ontario in late October. He’s desperately trying to make his way home as the weather begins its brutal turn. Underdressed for these harsh wilds and with nothing but a few matches in his pocket, he’s starved and shivering. Chanie Wenjack. Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack (born 19 January 1954; died 23 October 1966 near Redditt, ON).

Chanie Wenjack

Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy from Ontario, ran away from his residential school near Kenora at age 12, and subsequently died from hunger and exposure to the harsh weather. His death in 1966 sparked national attention and the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. Personal family photo of Chanie "Charlie" Wenjack. (courtesy Pearl Achneepineskum) Early Life. Jordan's Principle. Report a Jordan's Principle case The Caring Society is keeping track of unresolved Jordan's Principle cases.

Jordan's Principle

If you think you have encountered a Jordan's Principle case, we would like to hear from you. Updates Background Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Payment disputes within and between federal and provincial governments over services for First Nations children are not uncommon. In a landmark ruling on January 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to immediately stop applying a limited and discriminatory definition of Jordan’s Principle, and to immediately take measures to implement the full meaning and scope of the principle. On July 6, 2016, INAC submitted a compliance report to the Tribunal providing an update on its implementation of the principle.

Resources. Trc calls to action. SECRET PATH - GORD DOWNIE and JEFF LEMIRE. Teacher Guides/Lesson Plans. Many organizations have already constructed curriculum that you may find useful with your learner group.

Teacher Guides/Lesson Plans

The First Nation Child and Family Caring Society have constructed lesson plans that assist educators that aim to teach about social justice issues. These guides include campaigns which FNCFCS promote and encourage all Canadians to create awareness and make a difference! This organization has invited Project of Heart participants to use the following lesson ideas while completing Step 5 (or with any class)! Choose your grade level: Education Resources K-2 Education Resources 3-6 Education Resources 7-8 Education Resources 9-12 Sherryl Maglione is a teacher who has taught exclusively in First Nation schools during her entire sixteen-year teaching career, most recently senior high English Language Arts at the Sioux Valley High School in Brandon, Manitoba.

The Law Project was created by Monro Communications for British Columbia Social Studies Teachers’ Association. The Residential School System. Children's dining room, Indian Residential School, Edmonton, Alberta.

The Residential School System

Between 1925-1936. United Church Archives, Toronto, From Mission to Partnership Collection. Residential Schools. Where Are The Children. Aboriginal Healing Foundation. 100 Years of Loss. The following reading list is a selection of the growing number of publications that document the history and legacy of residential schools.

100 Years of Loss

It is by no means complete and is a work in progress. For Younger Readers Ages 4–8 Campbell, Nicola I., with illustrations by Kim LeFave. A timeline of residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Students in a classroom in Resolution, N.W.T.

A timeline of residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

((National Archives of Canada)) March 14, 2011 The Truth and Reconciliation Commission begins three months of hearings in 19 northern communities in the lead up to its second national event, which will be held in Inuvik, N.W.T. between June 28 and July 1. Nov. 12, 2010 The government of Canada announces it will endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a non-binding document that describes the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples around the world. June 21, 2010 The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is pleased with the outcome of its first national event in Winnipeg, despite receiving a smaller number of survivor statements than hoped. April 16, 2010. Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Resources - FNESC. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)

It is difficult to place an exact figure on the number of residential schools to which Aboriginal people have been sent in Canada.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)

While religious orders had been operating such schools before Confederation in 1867, it was not the 1880s that the federal government fully embraced the residential school model for Aboriginal education. While the government began to close the schools in the 1970s, the last school remained in operation until 1996. Heritage Minutes Dive Into 'Darker Chapters' Of Canada's History. Two new Heritage Minutes released Tuesday focus on significant moments in Indigenous history.

Heritage Minutes Dive Into 'Darker Chapters' Of Canada's History

The clips, produced by Historica Canada, were written by acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, according to a press release. One of the videos tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy who ran away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in 1966 and died during his escape to go home. Bring reconciliation into the classroom.

Jump to navigation Bring reconciliation into the classroom Education for reconciliation and social justice Meaningful reconciliation engages young people in learning about Canada’s history of colonization, thinking creatively about the future, and providing them with opportunities to make a difference. The Caring Society supports educators and schools across Canada in nurturing citizenship, agency and self-confidence by providing opportunities for students to take part in activities that foster reconciliation and culturally based equity for Indigenous children and youth. The resources below offer ideas for engaging students to understand and address inequalities experienced by First Nations children through three interrelated campaigns: Shannen’s Dream, Jordan’s Principle, and I am a witness.

Saskatchewan's Project of Heart Website. Residential schools. 100 Years of Loss. Discovering The Secret Path. SECRET PATH - GORD DOWNIE and JEFF LEMIRE. STATEMENT BY GORD DOWNIEOgoki Post, Ontario September 9, 2016 Mike Downie introduced me to Chanie Wenjack; he gave me the story from Ian Adam’s Maclean’s magazine story dating back to February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.” Chanie 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 walk home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor know how to find it, but, like so many kids - more than anyone will be able to imagine - he tried.

Analyzing The Secret Path.