The Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire (240)

I decided to end this year by reviewing a few graphic novels. It is all in the name of fun. And rounding up this year is hard to do. So, I will end all my many book reviews with these next few books!

This is a very sad graphic novel about Canada’s residential schools. I had no idea that there were so many problems and issues with them. It is really interesting and eye-opening what you learn when a part of your life is devoted to reading!

Chanie Wenjack was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966. He was trying to walk home along the railroad tracks in order to escape the Celia Jeffrey Indian Residential School.

Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where his home was, nor know how to find it. But like so many kids from residential schools, more than anyone else will be able imagine, he tried.

Chanie Wenjack haunts us. His story is Canada’s story. We are the country we think we are. History will be rewritten. All of the Residential Schools will be pulled apart and studied. The next hundred years are going to be painful and unsettling as we meet Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him. In the process we will find out about ourselves, about all of us, and when we do, we can truly call ourselves Canada.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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