This concert is sold out except for a select number of gold circle tickets priced at $1000 that are part of fundraising initiatives by Gord Downie towards reconciliation.
Secret Path, is ten songs that tell the story of Chanie Wenjack (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers), a twelve year-old boy who died fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, fifty years ago, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Downie was introduced to the story by his brother Mike Downie, who shared with him Ian Adams’ Maclean’s story from February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.”
"Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story. This is about Canada…The next hundred years are going to be painful as we come to know Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him – as we find out about ourselves, about all of us – but only when we do can we truly call ourselves, Canada.” — Gord Downie
To read Gord Downie’s full statement on the Secret Path from September 9, 2016, go here.
Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history – the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting the country on a road to reconciliation. Every year as Chanie Wenjack is remembered, the hope for Secret Path is that it educates all Canadians young and old on this omitted part of its history, urging the entire nation to play an active role in the preservation of Indigenous lives and culture in Canada. Proceeds will be directed to reconciliation.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SECRET PATH: secretpath.ca