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The Secret Path: Residential Schools and Reconciliation

The Department of Linguistics and the Certificate Program in Native American Indian Studies will present a showing of Gord Downie‘s The Secret Path. This film uses music and animation to tell the story of an Ojibwe boy, Chanie Wenjack, who died after he escaped the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School and tried to return to his home in northern Ontario in October 1966.

Come learn about indigenous people’s history that you probably weren’t taught in school. Labrador Inuk Ella Alkiewicz, a UMass Amherst alumna, will share before the film. Executive Producer Patrick Downie will discuss the Gord Downie-Chanie Wenjack Fund and take questions during a catered reception after the film, at about 6 pm.

The showing is co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Communications, History, and Sociology, BDIC, the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, and WMUA.

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