The Walk For Wenjack was inspired by the Secret Path story and Gord Downie's humility, sincerity, and determination to tell the story of all youths from the residential school era who never made it home. This annual experience was organized to honour Chanie Wenjack and the thousands of children like him.
The first Walk For Wenjack set out on November 20, 2016, and retraced the steps of Chanie Wenjack. It started at the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario, and continued to Redditt, ON for a ceremony representing Chanie's final resting spot near Farlane, Ontario. The next walk gathered on October 21, 2018, during Secret Path Week at Evergreen Brick Works and the Don Valley Trail System in Toronto. It was a full-day event and an experience that touched the hearts of many. In addition to the walk, donations are encouraged to support the work of The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF).
On October 18, 2019, we will once again gather at Evergreen Brickworks and experience a unique event including a short walk, Indigenous music and cultural learning centres. We are also encouraging DWF Legacy Schools to either join us at Evergreen Brickworks or coordinate their own local walk so schools across Canada are participating in unison.
Let’s come together and organize a national fundraising walk and get Chanie Wenjack home.
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