Portrait of Chanie Wenjack unveiled at Toronto’s Union Station

Blake Angeconeb depicts Chanie Wenjack surrounded by vibrant colours. In a poem by Danielle H. Morrison she writes that we only remember him in black and white from photos of that time, but “He lived and ran and laughed in a full spectrum of energetic colours and experiences, like any little boy would.

By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter TORONTO-Blake Angeconeb’s latest creation will receive plenty of attention. And though he is pleased with that, Angeconeb, an artist who paints in the Woodland style, admits he struggled greatly while creating a portrait of Chanie Wenjack. Wenjack was an Anishinaabe boy who died in October 1966 at the age of 12 running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in Kenora, Ont. He had hoped to walk about 600 kilometres back to his family home in Ogoki Post, but he never made it. Nine others ran away that same day but were caught within 24 hours. Chanie’s body was found next to railway tracks a week after he fled, having succumbed to hunger and exposure. The portrait, unveiled in a ceremony on Oct….

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