WE Day came to the capital yesterday, with officials saying that about 14,000 people braved both the sun and the rainy weather (and security lines) to see some of their favourite acts!
Countless guests made appearances, everyone from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to Chris Hadfield, Shania Twain, P.K. Subban, Nelly Furtado, Tom Jackson, the Barenaked Ladies, and Hedley!
But one of the highlights for many was the appearance of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, who spoke about Indigenous rights alongside Daisy and Pearl Wenjack.
The Wenjacks are the sisters of the late Chanie Wenjack, who died while trying to escape a residential school in 1966. Downie’s project, “The Secret Path,” tells the story.
Downie began “The Secret Path Project” in 2016, 50 years later. It consists of a solo album, a graphic novel, and an animated film. You can watch the full animated project, as well as panels and interviews discussing the impact of the residential school system HERE.
Downie has limited his public appearances since being diagnosed with a rare form of incurable brain cancer last year.