Charlie Wenjack: The runaway from residential schools
Charlie Wenjack was 12-years-old when he ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora. He had been gone a week when his body was discovered beside the railroad tracks near Redditt on Oct. 23, 1966. His parents weren't told that he was missing.
They didn't know he was dead until a plane arrived near their home at Ogoki Post (Marten Falls First Nation), carrying his body. His death brought national media attention to the plight of residential school students. But Charlie's sisters say it has yet to bring change.
This documentary was prepared by the CBC's Jody Porter for a special series from CBC Thunder Bay called Dying for an Education.
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