This is what Gord was talking about when he said “what is happening up north” at the Hip show.
A 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died from hunger and exposure after trying to find his way home from a residential school is the inspiration behind a new project from Gord Downie.
In 1966, Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack’s body was found by the railway tracks near Kenora, Ont. It’s a story that so affected Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie, he created a solo album, a graphic novel and an animated film to honour Wenjack’s memory and educate other Canadians about the tragedy.
“I never knew Chanie, but I will always love him,” Downie said announcing plans to release the package in October.
Downie is using his celebrity to draw attention to the legacy of residential schools and what he sees as the need for all Canadians to be involved in reconciliation.
Derek Fox, Gord Downie

“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story,” Downie said. “We are not the country we thought we were. History will be re-written. We are all accountable.”
The release of the album coincides with the 50th anniversary of Wenjack’s death.


  1. You still haven't told me my name so at this time, I have too many I have been called over the years to name any given one!

    Good morning Graham and Gangsters! I am meeting with our local First Nations band office today to work on this very same thing – reconciliation – “my” path to World Peace, Healing, to become United as ONE! Our history creates a very emotional feeling for me that has been, in the past weighed down by the tragedies & crimes in history, even though I never payed much attention to it……BUT NOW, becoming our PRESENT, our future ….ONE that is uplifting, inspiring, joyful, healing – all the good stuff! I see it everywhere, hear it, taste it even! It’s definitely in the AIR! (and in my water up here in paradise!) LOL Thanks for sharing all the good things going on. I hear you all, I feel like every song on the radio is about me! Written and sung to me! Truth! Korny maybe, but it’s how I feel. I feel LUCKY TODAY!!! (every day) LOL PS – I sure like BOB! I don’t have much money but I am donating to several charities and will add United Way to my list TODAY! Thank you to the Q CREW for Inspiring ME!

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