Wenjack’s sister evokes memory of Gord Downie at opening of Indigenous school

PETERBOROUGH, Ont.- Chanie Wenjack’s sister said the presence of Gord Downie was upon Peterborough, Ont., as she marked the opening of a school for Indigenous studies at Trent University named after her brother. “Even though Chanie is not here, our brothers Mike and Patrick are here,’’ Pearl Achneepineskum said as she drew attention to Downie’s siblings across the room. ”I’m pretty sure Gord is here with us as well.’’Speaking before she unveiled an installation that honoured er late brother, Achneepineskum said she prayed for the day Wenjack’s story would reach the levels of awareness it has in recent years. With the help of Downie’s “Secret Path’’ project, the story of the 12-year-old boy who died while trying to escape an Ontario residential school in 1966 has reached a national consciousness….

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