Chanie Wenjack

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie is presented with a blanket during an honouring ceremony at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau

Perry Bellegarde on Gord Downie: ’He will continue to walk with us’

The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations on Downie’s advocacy for Indigenous peoples and his continuing legacy
Joseph Boyden (Photograph by Jacob C Boynton)

My name is Joseph Boyden

Being Indigenous isn’t all about DNA. It’s about who you claim, and who claims you.
Gord Downie

Gord Downie’s not-so-Secret Path to truth and reconciliation

Everything about it—the music, the film, the band, his performance—makes you want to pay attention

How Chanie Wenjack chose Joseph Boyden

Artists of all stripes are creating new works to honour the little boy who ran away from residential school 50 years ago this month. Here’s why.

The Runaways Project: Help us tell these stories

’Chanie haunts me,’ Gord Downie says. ’His story is Canada’s story.’ There are other stories, of course, which Maclean’s wants to tell

The other residential school runaways

Two boys escaping a residential school followed tragically in the footsteps of Chanie Wenjack. Their story was forgotten. Until now.

Joseph Boyden imagines Chanie Wenjack’s final, terrible hours

A spellbinding account of Chanie Wenjack, the Anishinaabe boy who died escaping a residential school

Why Chanie Wenjack’s story might finally get action

With the full force of his influence, and with help from friends, Gord Downie may help Canadians see the dark legacy of residential schools
Chanie Wenjack. (The Wenjack Family)

The lonely death of Chanie Wenjack

Chanie was 12, and Indigenous. He died as the white world’s rules had forced him to live—cut off from his people.