A reconciliation reading list: 15 must-read books

A list inspired by Secret Path. Here are 15 books that contribute to the national conversation about reconciliation.

On Oct. 22, 1966, near Kenora, Ont., Chanie Wenjack died trying to walk home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Chanie's story inspired Gord Downie's new project, Secret Path, an album, graphic novel and film he hopes will inspire a national conversation about reconciliation and the truth about Canada's history.

Here are 15 books that contribute to the national conversation about reconciliation.

Birdie was defended by Bruce Poon Tip on Canada Reads 2016. (HarperCollins Canada/Douglas & McIntyre)
Craig Kielburger defended The Inconvenient Indian on Canada Reads 2015. (Doubleday Canada/Vintage Canada/Penguin Canada)
The Outside Circle won CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Literature. (Talonbooks/Hamish Hamilton/House of Anansi Press)
The Lesser Blessed won the German Youth Literature Prize in 2001. (University of Regina Press/House of Anansi Press/Douglas & McIntyre)
Leanne Simpson won the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award in 2014. (ARP Books/Brindle & Glass)
Secret Path is a 10-song album by Gord Downie with a graphic novel by illustrator Jeff Lemire. (Simon & Schuster)
  • Secret Path by Gord Downie, illustrated by Jeff Lemire


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