Trinity United Church (Beamsville) is planning a Social Justice Evening, with a screening of â€œSecret Pathâ€, live streamed as it premiers on CBC, October 23rd, 2016.
As part of its outreach commitment, TUC wishes to keep the Truth and Reconciliation Commissionâ€™s recommendations in front of our congregation and our community and to this end we have decided that education is the key to non-indiginous people understanding the truth of being an indigenous person in Canada.
The idea came about due to a story heard on Unreserved, CBC about Chanie Wenjack.
50 years ago, on October 23, Chanie Wenjackâ€™s body was discovered by a CN rail employee alongside some railway tracks. Chanie was 12 years when he ran away from his residential school in Kenora. He never made it home, dying from exposure and hunger. For many people, this was the first time they heard and read about residential schools. Unfortunately as we now know, the outcome of that knowledge was nothing and the horror of the situation continued.
Secret Path, an album from Gord Downie (Tragically Hip) is comprised of 10 songs with poems written Âby Downie, dedicated to Chanie. Proceeds from sale of Album to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Jeff Lemere, has created a Graphic Novel of Chanieâ€™s story.
The Animated Film Secret Path brings both together and will be broadcast on October 23rd, the 50th anniversary of Chanieâ€™s death, on CBC
TUC would open the sanctuary on Oct 23rd (evening, not sure of exact time) to have a live streaming of the CBC airing of the film Secret Path. We will begin the evening with a re-airing of the Podcast Unreserved before hand and a moderated conversation/question/discussion time afterwards.
Coffee and tea will be available.
Freewill offering to be collected, 10% to church, balance to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
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