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First Nations Métis Inuit (FNMI): Residential School Resources

Educators: as always, use your discretion to preview and assess these materials for appropriateness with the students in your grade level before sharing them in your classroom.

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For more great resources, please search the catalogue or 
see your school's Learning Commons staff.

To book Learning Commons, CEC resources, please email Resource.Bookings@wcdsb.ca

At  Learning Commons logo CEC


For more great resources, please search the catalogue or see your school's Learning Commons staff.

To book Learning Commons, CEC resources, please email Resource.Bookings@wcdsb.ca

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Secret Path

Gord Downie's The Secret Path animated film and
post-show CBC Arts panel on the road to reconciliation

Animated film/documentary starts at 14 min. 50 sec; Running Time: 1 hour)


The Secret Path is a collaboration between musician Gord Downie and graphic novelist Jeff Lemire, who created a graphic novel, album and animated film (which aired on the CBC on Oct. 23, 2016). This project aims to shed light on a dark part of Canada's history by telling the story of Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack. Chanie was a twelve-year-old boy who died on October 23, 1966, from exposure and hunger after fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, to find his family who lived over 600 kms away.

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