On October 16, 1966 a twelve year old Anishinaabe boy named Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario in an attempt to reunite with his family in Ogoki Post, a tiny, isolated community over 600km away. It was a journey that Chanie had no hope of completing. His body was found a week later twenty kilometres east of the town of Redditt, Ontario beside the railway tracks. Chanie had frozen to death.
On November 19, 2016, a group of walkers set out from the former site of Cecilia Jeffrey School and retraced the final journey of Chanie. They did so with the blessing and support of the Wenjack family and Grand Council Treaty #3.
The group included residential school survivors, the Walk For Wenjack team, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, young and old from across Ontario and Manitoba. All joining together in the spirit of reconciliation to bring honour and attention to the story of Chanie Wenjack, and the historical mistreatment of Canada’s Indigenous people.