When she published scores of letters on her website agreeing with her, including a handful tainted with bigotry, she became a total political pariah. Wenjack was over 60 km from the Cecilia Jeffrey School. Please don’t hurt.”, The publisher’s note for Wenjack describes it as “a powerful and poignant look into the world of a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.” The back cover is illustrated with the skull of a mouse, captioned: “One day I will run. A male with a large white cross on his chest drags a screaming child into a building. Chanie Wenjack died 50 years ago, cold and alone as he fled the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School, an institution he was forced into attending. Chanie’s best friend testified at the inquest into his death that “he ran away because he was lonely.” One of Chanie’s public school teachers told the inquest he had said he longed to return to his family. Their bodies clutching each other for warmth. Chanie Wenjack was a young indigenous boy who died trying to escape a residential school, who became the centre of Downie's Secret Path project. Mike Downie, right, speaks with people who attended his presentation of Secret Path, a multi-media project he worked on with his late brother, musician Gord Downie, that tells the story of Chanie Wenjack. Jeff Lemire’s drawings show nuns in habits delousing naked Ojibway boys while they cover their genitals with their hands. If Downie, Lemire, Boyden and the Kielburgers truly want to advance the goal of reconciliation, they should start by telling the truth about what happened to Chanie Wenjack. I heard the heavy whispers. Why is this happening? My brother Chanie didn’t.” Boyden then intones: “Chanie Wenjack was one of thousands of children who died in Canada’s Indian residential school system.”. Gord Downie began Secret Path as ten poems, incited by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who died in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, fifty years ago, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Journalist Ian Adams brought Wenjack’s story to national attention with his article, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack,” published by Maclean’s in February 1967. Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack (born 19 January 1954; died 23 October 1966 near Redditt, ON). A coroner’s inquest into Wenjack’s death was held 17 November 1966. 58, no. Nor is there any to support Boyden’s description of Chanie being sodomized by a cleric in Wenjack, which is being used in elementary school classrooms despite its vivid – and horrifying – detail: “He lies down beside me on the skinny mattress that smells of old pee and he takes me in his arms and holds me. It was about 600 kilometres away. Wenjack died in the early morning of 23 October 1966, one week after he escaped from Cecilia Jeffrey School. On 16 October 1966, Wenjack and two of his friends escaped from the Cecilia Jeffrey School during their afternoon time on the playground. According to Wasacase, Wenjack’s family examined his body at the graveside. Proceeds from the project will be donated to The Gord Downie Children ran away frequently from residential schools. at the cabin, Kelly took his nephews to his trapline. Chanie’s story is factual, it is real. During the 1960s, 150 students lived at Cecilia Jeffrey and attended classes at schools in Kenora. He carried an enormous, livid scar that ran in a loop from high on his right chest, down and up over his back. After two years, he was put in remedial classes with special instruction in English and arithmetic. At 11:20 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, October 23, 1966, the engineer of a westbound freight train spotted Chanie’s frozen body curled up at the side of the tracks. SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News The school was run by the Women’s Society of the Presbyterian Church. He smells like the colour called brown. Chanie Wenjack, 12, died from exposure and hunger. His death in 1966 sparked national attention and the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. It is provided with “administrative resources and expertise” through a “shared platform” operated by Tides Canada, the U.S.-funded environmental group that works with aboriginal activists and others to advocate and litigate against energy pipelines and resource development. His friends’ uncle showed him how to get to the railway tracks that would take him there and told him to ask railway workers for food along the way. It meant that in early childhood his chest had been opened. Wenjack walked the nearly 5 km to meet them, then set out alone to find his father. Downie recounted in Friday’s release how the boy died beside railroad tracks after escaping the school and trying to walk to his home more than 600 kilometres away. Here are a few excerpts from letters they wrote to the Wenjack family after their teacher led them through the book: “I have heard Chanie’s story and I was mad and sad. Running away was dangerous; children could lose limbs to frostbite or accident. Located near Kenora, Ontario, the Cecilia Jeffrey School was run by the Women’s Missionary Society of the The victim of abuse at a residential school, Charlie Wenjack died from exposure near Farlane Lake while trying to walk home from Kenora to Thunder Bay. Ozhaawaa. Wenjack has inspired several artistic tributes, including the song "Charlie Wenjack" by Mi’kmaq artist Willie Dunn (1978) and the painting Little Charlie Wenjack’s Escape from Residential School by Anishinaabe artist Roy Kakegamic (2008). (1999); The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. He has also inspired the creative works of author Ultimately, a theatre in the college was named “Wenjack Theatre.”. At the inquest into his death, the jury and journalist Ian Adams concluded that Wenjack had run away because he was lonely. A Canadian National Railways engineer passing on a freight train discovered his body beside the track. Now it’s being taught to children in schools across Canada. At age nine, Wenjack and three of his sisters Nipikwan. Downie revealed in May 2016 that he had terminal cancer, an aggressive, incurable form called glioblastoma. The Kielburgers encouraged readers to donate money to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, which will be used to create “Legacy Rooms” in restaurants, schools, libraries and corporate boardrooms. Kelly advised Wenjack to follow the railroad tracks and to ask railway workers for food. Downie also recorded a music album of the same name and an animated version of the story aired on CBC. That was the last time anyone saw him alive. When he did leave on the afternoon of Sunday, October 16th it was in the company of two orphaned brothers. Wenjack’s story, as well as the many similarly tragic stories of residential school students, led to eventual legislative reforms and class action lawsuits, including the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. So bad that it is stuck inside him and he’s so scared of it but more scared to let it out…He sees she stares at him but she won’t move her eyes. Seeing autopsy marks, Wenjack’s father feared that he had been stabbed. But Secret Path clearly implies that he died after fleeing abuse. He became lonely and ran away. glass jar with a few matches. Maria Krylova believes that totalitarianism derives much of its momentum and longevity from the human psyche itself. Nothing that was written or said at the time of Chanie’s death suggests that he was physically or sexually abused while he was boarding at Cecilia Jeffrey. In this essay drawing on her understanding of Russian history and literature, her formal education and her burning belief in freedom, the adoptive Canadian issues an eloquent warning that no society is truly immune. Mrs. Agnes Wenjack passed away in … The anniversary of Wenjack’s death offers an opportunity to reflect on what historian Adele Perry calls the “histories we remember” about colonialism generally and residential schooling and Wenjack in particular. Boyden invented a scene from one of those nights in Wenjack: “The girl lies in her bed and stares at this strange boy. letter that said his children were doing well at Cecilia Jeffrey. Twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack left his favourite sweater behind the last time he was sent away to residential school, in the fall of 1966. Ogoki Post did not have a day school. He was just trying to get home. Robert MacBain reports. Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation through the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. Chanie Wenjack was not attending an Indian residential school at the time of his death and Cecilia Jeffrey was not operated by the Catholic Church. P. Bush,“Charlie Wenjack and the Indian Residential School System,”. The rise of the educated middle class over the past 250 years is one of the great triumphs of Western civilization. Indian Affairs official P.C. Canadian rock musician Gord Downie and artist Je LeMire turned Chanie Wenjack’s story into an award-winning album of songs, a graphic novel, and an animated video called “The Secret Path.” 17 Building Bridges 2019/2020: Level 1, Issue 1 They think Macdonald was the architect of residential schools. His skin glows like a fish belly in the dark. Author David Solway is not alone in thinking it won’t end until we are reduced to a new serfdom that, though partially masked by the peons’ access to 21st century gadgetry and other technology, will be very similar in social structure and oppressiveness to the Middle Ages. When he was found, his Charlie Wenjack was an Ojibway Indian attending Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ont. His skin is gizhaate. Three days later, the uncle decided to take his three nephews to his trapline about four kilometres away at Mud Lake. On my back. He pushes himself against me. We don’t have the tools to fix it.” And for good measure Boyden writes: “The only thing the school he’s run away from has taught him is how to be fearful of adults.”, There is no evidence in Adams’ 1967 story or in anything else that was written at the time to support Boyden’s fictionalized account. In total, Chanie spent four nights with his three friends and their uncle and his two teen-aged daughters before striking out for home. Gwyn Morgan assesses several key areas of our nation’s battered economy and reviews the central role played by poorly thought-out, unneeded and avoidable government policies in each one. It wasn’t until Friday morning – five days after leaving the playground – that 12-year-old Chanie decided to walk to his parents’ home at the fly-in Ojibway community of Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls reserve. He hurts. The day that Wenjack and his friends left, nine other children also escaped from Cecilia Jeffrey. It’s been called cultural genocide.”, As Chanie’s dead body is shown lying beside the railway tracks, his sister says: “I survived the residential schools. were sent to Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School, more than 600 km away, where he was given the name “Charlie.”. The former Indian residential school Chanie and the other children were boarding at was operated by the Presbyterian Church and they had been integrated into public schools in Kenora. Gord Downie began Secret Path as ten poems, incited by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who died in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, fifty years ago, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. So why are governments seemingly doing everything in their power not only to hold back recovery but destroy much of what remains? Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy, ran away from a residential school in northern Ontario 52 years ago. ran away. After the autopsy, Chanie’s coffin, accompanied by his three younger sisters who had also boarded at Cecilia Jeffrey, was returned to his home at Ogoki Post. When Senator Lynn Beyak suggested last year that the history of residential schools in Canada was something less than a horrific church-state orchestrated cultural “genocide”, she was widely condemned as ignorant and insensitive, even racist. by Jeff Lamire) and animated film (aired by the CBC on 23 October) based on Wenjack’s story. Colin Wasacase – who was recognized as an outstanding Ontario senior citizen by Lieutenant Governor David Onley in 2012 and currently serves as a Kenora city councillor – escorted them on the long journey home. They were not allowed to attend the inquest. He left his beloved dogs as well, for his little sister Pearl to care for. He had walked a little more than 19 kilometres through snow squalls and freezing rain wearing light, soaked-through, cotton clothing. Wenjack grew up at Ogoki Post, on the Marten Falls Reserve, with his parents, sisters and two dogs. The mother of Chanie Wenjack, the 12-year-old boy who froze to death while on the run from a residential school and who later inspired a generation of … Our team will be reviewing your submission and get back to you with any further questions. The elite’s war on the middle’s prosperity, social mobility and freedom has been accelerating. Chanie attended the school for two years and ran away on Oct 16, 1966. The money raised supports initiatives to teach about residential schools in Canadian classrooms.”. In fact, he was thin and sickly. Their report recognized that “The Indian education system causes tremendous emotional and adjustment problems for these children.” They recommended that “a study be made of the Evidence of how he must have fainted and fallen as he stumbled along the rough railway tracks was found in bruises on his shins, forehead and over his left eye. Wasacase had attended residential schools as a child and taught in residential schools at Birtle and Norway House, Manitoba, before becoming a vocational counsellor with Indian Affairs in Winnipeg. I think that the government should do something about repaying the First Nations because no one had done anything about it and it was wrong.”, “Chanie’s story has impacted our lives and we want change…If we continue to educate kids and adults all around the world history will not repeat itself.”, “It was really, really, sad to think that a group of people thought kids should be taught in a certain way. Wenjack told his friends that he wanted to see his father. we have been ever given my crony Sheila put their self-titled EP cassette into a … The weather turned harsh, with snow squalls and freezing rain. On Monday morning, they walked the remaining distance to the uncle’s cabin. Wenjack’s A CN engineer discovered Wenjack’s body on the side of the railway track. However, most of what is written and shown in these accounts about the tragic death of an Ojibway boy named Chanie Wenjack – an alleged victim of the residential school system whose frozen body was found curled up beside railway tracks in northwestern Ontario on the morning of October 23, 1966 several days after he ran away from a former Indian residential school where he was boarding – is patently untrue. Again Downie writes in Chanie’s voice: “I heard them in the dark. Wasacase, the police and Indian Affairs had attempted unsuccessfully to contact him. One day they won’t hurt me anymore.”, According to the 1967 Maclean’s story by Ian Adams, which Gord Downie and Joseph Boyden say they have read, young Chanie had made no attempt to run away during the previous three years he stayed at Cecilia Jeffrey. Many, like Wenjack, died. Secret Path will be discussed in the February meeting of a book club I attend, so I decided to give it a try – and boy, am I glad I did so! He had died from starvation and exposure. How Climate, Covid-19 and the Great Reset Are Taking Us Back to the Middle Ages, “Every Store And School Should Be Open.” Confronting The Pandemic With Confidence, An Unwise Union: How Workers Will Suffer From Erin O’Toole’s Embrace of Big Labour, Thirteen Things That Can’t Be Said About Aboriginal Law And Policy In Canada, We Need To Talk: How Remote Learning Is Ruining University Education, Can Canada Handle a Rational, Polite and Fact-Based Debate About Immigration? Chanie was a boy who died 50 years ago trying to return home from residential school. Less than two months later, Chanie died of exposure while trying to walk back home, more than six hundred kilometres away. It too is being widely used in Canadian classrooms. In Adams’ account, the decision to bolt was unplanned and spontaneous: “Right there on the playground the three boys decided to run away.”. “…The brothers don’t look at me as they rise to run, and I don’t feel bad. Gord Downie began Secret Path as a collection of 10 poems inspired by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died of exposure on October 22, 1966. Part II, “Every Store And School Should Be Open.”Confronting The Pandemic With Confidence, Our Next Pandemic Policy Mistake: Self-Sufficiency In All Things, Evaluating Alberta and Canada’s pandemic response, You Say You Want a Revolution? 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. The coroner and Crown attorney questioned witnesses, including the boys who had been with Wenjack during his escape and the men with whom they had stayed. The Fund, which has set a goal of $100 million, operates through the Toronto Foundation. It portrayed a gasping Chanie running out a back door of Cecilia Jeffrey looking furtively over his shoulder as if he were being chased. Here’s how Boyden describes that night: “The three brown children buffet along the swollen rivers of sleep. He pushes me on my stomach. His government is promising “nation-to-nation” negotiations to formalize race-based Aboriginal self-government. “For a $5,000 donation,” the Kielburgers wrote, “the Downie-Wenjack Fund will provide an official plaque and signage explaining Chanie’s story to set the tone for the Legacy Room. After first refusing the expense, the Department of Indian Affairs made the travel arrangements. One of the brothers had run away three times in the preceding few weeks and the other was a chronic truant. In a recent op-ed carried in newspapers across Canada, WE Charity co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger wrote that Chanie “died fleeing his residential school”. Chanie was a boy who died 50 years ago trying to return home from residential school. The story being taught to Canadian children is littered with factual distortions and untruths. The Wenjack family later learned the details of the inquest through CBC radio and newspaper By 1960, the number of Aboriginal students in Canada attending “non-Indian schools” (9,479) was equal to the number living in residential schools (9,471). lobbied for the university to name its newly built college after Wenjack. In his escape, Wenjack followed his two friends to the cabin of their uncle, Charles Kelly, near Redditt, Ontario. Instead, the nation is once again shedding jobs, unemployment is high, companies continue to shrink or go under, entire industries are threatened and growth is almost nowhere to be seen. Neither Adams’ article in Maclean’s nor anything else written at the time supports Boyden’s account of the guilt-ridden boys having “touched one another”. sister, Pearl (Wenjack) Achneepineskum believes that he may have run away because he was sexually assaulted. "We are proud to co-create a meaningful partnership with this organization and contribute to Reconciliation in Canada, … He did not mention anything reported by Adams that might have contradicted his narrative of a sexually abused victim of a residential school, including this quote from Principal Velda MacMillan at the public school he attended: “The thing we remember most about [Chanie] was his sense of humor. Presbyterian Church in Canada, and paid for by the federal government. Children in schools across Canada are learning about the Indian residential schools through Secret Path, a 2016 graphic novel written by Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and illustrated by Jeff Lemire. Chanie was 12, and Indigenous. Unit 2: Eradicating Racism Historical Significance - First Peoples and Canada Chanie Wenjack Article by Georgia Carley Canadian Encyclopedia Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack (born 19 January 1954; died 23 October 1966 near Redditt, ON). Is it right?” This prompted ethical and moral questioning of the culturally oppressive and abusive environments in the residential schools. When the priest notices that Chanie isn’t praying with the others, he grabs him and throws him on a bed. If the teacher in the class made a joke, a play on words, he was always the first to catch on.”. With only a cotton windbreaker and no food, Wenjack covered 19 km on foot. I don’t think anybody should ever go through that.”. Wenjack has become a symbol of resistance to the power of colonization in Canada. They were wearing only light cotton clothes when they ran away. His son, current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, holds very different views. They left wearing light clothing – too light for a late October night in northern Ontario. After they arrived There wasn’t enough room in the canoe for Chanie. Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. Chanie and his friends didn’t make it to the uncle’s cabin that first day. Boyden got that much right in an article published in Maclean’s last October to mark the 50th anniversary of Chanie’s death: “None of them had planned this escape on that unseasonably warm autumn afternoon.” But a video scripted by Boyden for Historica Canada, and released the same month, told a very different story. According to the TRC report, Principal Wasacase took immediate action when he learned that Chanie was missing. According to Adams’ article in Maclean’s, he followed them on foot and spent Thursday night with them. But it is not even close to the truth. The young boy looks up at him fearfully. In October 2016, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie released The Secret Path, a multimedia project that includes an album, graphic novel (illustrations He attended Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario. Milloy, A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879–1986 (1999); The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada,Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future (2015). Copyright 2021 © C2C Journal All Rights Reserved. Clarkin had gone to Rat Portage and Keewatin in search of the boys.”. It tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12 year-old Ojibwe boy who died of hunger and exposure while running away from a residential school in northern Ontario in 1966. (Adrian Wyld/CP) I am a outrageous Tragically Hip fan. His death in 1966 sparked national attention and the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. By train, He was attempting to walk home from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, to return to … On the first day of their escape, they walked for over eight hours before stopping at a friendly home for the night. The temperature went down to between -1 and -7°C. reports. Nobody knows exactly when.” The post-mortem that was subsequently performed on Chanie by a Kenora doctor showed that his lungs were infected at the time of his death. Robert MacBain took the time. After canvassing other students about where the boy might have gone, “[Wasacase] then travelled to Pine Point and Rabbit Lake in the Kenora area in search of the boy and his companions. Today a bellicose Russia is still tormenting its neighbours, China is on a global rampage and democracy itself is looking beaten-up. But as Robert MacBain points out, church-run residential schools were established decades before Macdonald became Canada’s first prime minister. According to a detailed story about Chanie’s death published in Maclean’s in February, 1967, he was one of about 150 Aboriginal students who lived there while they were going to the public school. The Rooms are intended to “expand awareness” about the legacy of residential schools, and foster “reconciliation” between natives and non-natives. The $5,000 plaques adorn Legacy Rooms that are now sprouting up across Canada. The same letter addressed to Wasacase’s supervisor in 1966 claims that Wenjack’s father did not know that his son had died. In fact he had been playing with his friends on the swings at the playground until just before they took off. Whispering, ‘Don’t let this touch you’.”. Later in the book a shivering Chanie is shown shuffling along the railway tracks in his attempted return to his far-away home, as the cleric looks on menacingly through the trees. In 1972, Indigenous students and members of Trent University’s Native Studies department He was headed home when he died of exposure on October 23, 1966 on the railway tracks near Redditt, Ontario, the home of his uncle. Ian Adams explained why: “Because Charlie [as he was called at that time] wasn’t as strong as the others, they had to wait often while he rested and regained his strength…Charlie wasn’t a strong boy. Contrary to what children are being taught in Secret Path, 12-year-old Chanie was actually attending a public school in Kenora at the time of his death and only boarded at the nearby former Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School, which was operated by the Presbyterian Church of Canada. Celebrated Canadian author Joseph Boyden penned a novella on the same subject titled Wenjack. DYING FOR AN EDUCATION This CBC Thunder Bay Special Report on Charlie Wenjack includes interviews with Wenjack’s sisters, primary documents from Cecilia Jeffrey School and the coroner’s inquest. Chanie Wenjack. The mother of Chanie Wenjack, the 12-year-old boy who froze to death while on the run from a residential school and who later inspired a generation of Canadians to learn about this devastating chapter in Canada’s history, has died. The jury was composed of five local residents, none of whom were Indigenous. 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. He died as the white world's rules had forced him to live—cut off from his people. He was contemptuous of its expression in Quebec’s separatist movement. The “Secret Path” album and series of concerts told the story of Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy who died in 1966 after escaping a residential school … Someone hurt him bad. There is no evidence that he or any child who lived there suffered physical or sexual abuse at the hands of anyone. He was walking alone along a railway track, trying to make his way home to his father 600 kilometres away in … Twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack died in 1966 running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School. But just as the middle class became ascendant, the intellectual left began figuring out how to tear it back down, an impulse that has since spread to virtually every privileged element in society. As Chanie cowers in fear, his older sister says in a voiceover, “Kill the Indian in the child. I’m not going back.” In the book, a white male in a clerical collar with a cross on his chest approaches Chanie’s bed. Children ran away from residential schools for many reasons. The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund is a registered charity. Wenjack started residential school at Cecilia Jeffrey when he was nine years old and was placed in grade one. Where might it take us? And when the Aboriginal political leaders of his time demanded racially-segregated self-government, as prime minister he told them Canada would not let them have it without a serious – and perhaps bloody – fight. When they awake, though, they will feel the shame of having touched one another, if even just for warmth. This was Wenjack’s first, — and last, — attempt at He died of exposure and hunger. Many students were sexually and physically abused at residential schools. The main theatre in Otonabee College at Trent University is named in his honour. Lessons From 1789, Pandemic Follies: The Biggest Government Policy Mistakes, Sir John A. Macdonald Versus the Historically Challenged. Instead, he died of exposure. Hot. The principal of the Kenora school remembered Wenjack as a boy with a good sense of humour, particularly adept at noticing wordplay. The mother of Chanie Wenjack, the 12-year-old boy who died while trying to escape an Ontario residential school in 1966, has died. 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