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Inspired by the Secret Path story and Gord Downie's humility, sincerity, and determination to tell the story of all youths from the residential school era who never made it home, members from the Courage For Gord Foundation team and documentary photographer, Joel Clements embarked on a spiritual journey called #walkforwenjack
"On November 19/20, 2016, I was in Kenora to document the historic "Walk For Wenjack" organized by the group Courage For Gord in memory of Chanie Wenjack, a 12 year old aboriginal boy who died while trying to escape the local residential school. Participants on the walk began at Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, ON and walked to Redditt, ON, following in Chanie's footsteps on the "secret path". These photographs depict the actual swing set Chanie played on at the school, and the railway tracks at Redditt near where his body was found." - Joel Clements.
To learn more about the walk, please visit Walk For Wenjack
The shadow box measures 37" (L) x 15 3/4" (W) x 3" (D) and includes two signed photographs by Joel and a rusted rail spike from the railway location at Redditt.
Courage For Gord Foundation is honoured to be collaborating with Joel of Joel Clements Photography on this unique project. It is our sincere hope that this frame be displayed in your home with humility and will be used to help tell the story that this country needs to hear. For more on Joel Clements, please visit his website at www.joelclements.ca
All proceeds will support the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.