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October 22, 2018


THUNDER BAY, ON (October 22, 2018 ): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox and Marten Falls First Nation Chief Bruce Achneepineskum joined members of the Wenjack and Downie families and
educators to commemorate the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack during the 1st Annual Secret Path Week in Thunder Bay today.

“Although it was painful, the Wenjack family led the work in sharing Chanie’s tragic life in the Indian Residential School system. Secret Path Week is a way to continue to tell Chanie’s story and carry on
Gord Downie’s legacy, and we are grateful that Mike and Patrick Downie were able to join our celebration,” said Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, who holds the education portfolio. “First Nations
People have the unique history of surviving attempted genocide. This country’s history must be taught so educators and students understand the tragedy of Residential Schools and the intergenerational
effects, and work together to create an environment where all people can thrive.”

Local educators and students highlighted resources under development to assist educators in their personal learning and usage of the Secret Path during an event at Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The
Wenjack Education Institute this morning.

Gord Downie’s personal journey brought the tragic story of Chanie Wenjack to a national audience. His Secret Path graphic novel, music and animated film were released in In October 2016 with the
support of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Secret Path Week, held October 17-22, is a national moment by The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund to inspire all Canadians to answer Gord Downie’s call to action, to “do something” by
creating a reconciliACTION.

For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – (807) 625-4965 or cell (807)
621-2790 or by email

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