Gord Downie’s call to action on indigenous issues in Canada continues with the release of a new project next month.
The Tragically Hip front man is branching out with a series of poems put to music called the Secret path.
Accompanied by a graphic novel and animation, the songs tell the story of Chanie Wenjack.
The Ojibwe boy died while running away from a residential school near Kenora in 1966.
Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba says Downie’s involvement will bring people into the conversation that weren’t there before.
“Gord Downie from the Tragically Hip is one of the most high profile people that we’ve had lend his voice in this struggle for recognition of a very sobering part of our country’s history.”
Moran stresses, “that’s really what survivors want across the country, for this history to be known.”
Downie will perform Secret Path in Ottawa on October 18th, the date of its release and in Toronto on October 21st.
All proceeds will go towards reconciliation projects
Moran says this means education programs and the identification and remembrance of children, who like Chanie Wenjack went missing from residential schools.