Everybody has their own reason to Walk for Wenjack. For some, it may be a moment to honour Chanie. For others, it may be an opportunity to raise awareness of the true history of residential schools. Each Walk for Wenjack is unique.
Organized by a dedicated team of volunteers and champions, Walk for Wenjack is a grassroots event that started in 2016. The first walk retraced the steps of Chanie Wenjack, starting at the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, ON, and continued to Redditt, ON for a ceremony representing Chanie’s final resting spot near Farlane, ON. Since then, Walk for Wenjack has provided Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada with the opportunity to participate in Secret Path Week in a meaningful way.
Missed the chance to participate in Walk for Wenjack? ReconciliACTION can take place any time of the year. Organize a Walk for Wenjack with your school, friends, family, and community and use the resources and fundraising tools below to get started.
This year, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund challenged all peoples in Canada to “Do Something”, as Gord would say, and participate in their own Walk for Wenjack. Together, you accepted this challenge and made it the most successful Walk for Wenjack yet! A sincere thank you to everyone who participated.
Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Our goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all peoples in Canada.