Walk­ing the path to­ward rec­on­cil­i­a­tion

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

An event in Richmond Hill or­ga­nized by com­mu­nity mem­bers seeks to raise aware­ness of the tragic his­tory of Canada’s In­dian res­i­den­tial school sys­tem and the need for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion through mu­sic, film and art. The Se­cret Path, both the event and the film by Gord Downie, shines a spot­light on Chanie Wen­jack, an Anishin­abe boy who died on his way home af­ter es­cap­ing a res- iden­tial school. The event will fea­ture mu­si­cal per­for­mances as well as screen­ings of Downie’s film, as well as The Weight of Your Heart, a pho­to­graphic doc­u­men­tary by Richmond Hill pho­tog­ra­pher Joel Cle­ments (a photo from the se­ries is pic­tured above), which fol­lows Wen­jack’s path as he walked it, in­tro­duced by Wen­jack’s sis­ter Pearl Wen­jack Ach­neepineskum.

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