Does art offer the best path to heal historical wrongs?
The Secret Path is a powerful film about an Indigenous boy who dies escaping a residential school. Does art — films, books, and music — offer the best path to heal historical wrongs?
More from this episode:
- Truth, Dialogue & Storytelling: Patti Laboucane-Benson on art and healing
- Is Gord Downie's Secret Path 'the heart and essence of his age?'
- Watch Gord Downie's The Secret Path tonight (Sunday Oct. 23) at 9PM
Wenjack's story started an awakening that is still ongoing to this day. This week on the 50th anniversary, it's being retold in many ways, The Secret Path, a multimedia project by Gord Downie is one of those ways.
The story of the residential schools has gone through a political transformation and it is increasingly surfacing in art — films, books, music.
Our question: Does art perhaps offer the best path to heal historical wrongs?
Joseph Boyden, award-winning author of many novels including Three Day Road and The Orenda and most recently Wenjack the story of Chanie Wenjack who ran away from residential school and died of exposure in 1966.
- Secret Path
- Why all Canadians need to follow in the example of GordDownie
- With Secret Path, GordDownie is illuminating a way forward to Indigenous artists
- Meet the journalist who inspired GordDownie and Joseph Boyden to write about ChanieWenjack
- "I want the reader to be Chanie": Joseph Boyden tells ChanieWenjack's story
- GordDownie's Secret Path brings hope to ChanieWenjack's family, 50 years after boy's death
- 'The most emotional thing I've ever done': Jeff Lemire on illustrating GordDownie's Secret Path
- ChanieWenjack: a 50-year-old tragedy rises up to inspire a new generation
- Arts in the North: the past will prepare youth for the future
- A reconciliation reading list: 15 must-read books
- The Lonely Death of ChanieWenjack, by Ian Adams (Feb. 1, 1967)
- Joseph Boyden imagines ChanieWenjack's final, terrible hours
- Winnipeg's new art project stares down racism in the face
Globe and Mail
- The author's novella Wenjack tells the story of an Objiwa boy who froze to death after fleeing a residential school
- We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice exposes Canada's barriers to reconciliation