When Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip was a little boy, his older brother, Mike told him a story that haunted him forever. In the Feb 1, 1967 issue of Maclean's, the cover story described the harrowing tale of a 12-year-old Indigenous boy, who in late October 1966, died trying to run away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. Chanie was trying to make his way home, which was 400 miles northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario on a reservation. Instead, his lifeless body was found by the railroad tracks not far from the school.
Marking the 50th anniversary of Chanie Wenjack's passing, Downie created Secret Path, a multi-media project that includes an illustrated book, album and television program documenting this tragedy. The Secret Path acknowledges a dark time in Canada's history, but Gord hopes that awareness through this project and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund, that the path to reconciliation will move the country forward. "Chanie is my brother now. His story is Canada's story. We are not the country we thought we were. History will be re-written. We are all accountable," says Downie.
The hour-long, commercial-free animated film Sunday, October 23, 9:00 pm (9:30 NT), CBC.
Gord turned the poems he wrote about this tragedy into a ten-song album.
The 88-page graphic novel is illustrated by award-winning author Jeff Lemire, and visually tells the story of 12-year-old Ojibway Chanie Wenjack. Secret Path, $26.99
*Proceeds from Secret Path will be donated to The Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation.
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Help your kids get in the Canada Day spirit with one of festive crafts!
Searching for ways to up the festive factor of Canada Day? Check out these easy and fun kid-friendly crafts:
Canada Day Pin wheel
What you'll need:
Desired materials for decorations
Straight pin (or push pin)
Pencil with an eraser on top (or a length of dowel)
• Cut out a square from a piece of construction pape. Make it festive by decorating it with Canada Day themes (such as maple leaves), or glue a piece of red construction paper to a piece of white paper, so the two colors will be displayed on your craft.
• Fold one corner to its opposite corner in order to make a crease, unfold, and then take another corner and fold it to its opposite to make another crease. When you unfold it again you should have two creases on your paper that form an X.
• Cut along each of the four crease about three-quarters of the way to the centre. Bend – do not fold, just a gentle bend – one of the cut corners to the centre. Leave the next corner and then bend the one after that to the centre. Alternate like that until four cut corners are gathered at the centre.
• Place the eraser of the pencil at the back of the centre point.
• Take a straight pin and stick it through the gathered corners into the pencil eraser (you can also do this by gently hammering a push pin into a dowel or any wooden type material that can serve as your handle).
(Need a table decorator for Canada Day? Check out our Family Craft: Canada Day bird and get crafty!)
What you’ll need:
Glue (or tape or staples)
Hole punch (or anything that can help you punch through paper)
Hook (or anything that you can hang the tube from)
• Using construction paper, Bristol board, or foam, form a cylinder. Before you fasten it with glue, decorate your paper.
• Punch two to four holes on the top edge of the cylinder and then weave string, twine or ribbon through the holes to make a handle. You can either hang your tube by this handle or you can tie an additional length of string to the handle and fasten the other end of that string to your hook.
• Punch holes along the bottom edge of the cylinder and tie red and white ribbons through those holes – these ribbons will blow in the wind.
• If desired, attach bells to the ribbon, for a chime effect.
(Looking to bake a delicious treat for the holiday? Here's our special Canada Day Cake recipe.)
Tea light holder
What you'll need:
Fabric (optional, see note below)
Glass baby jar
Tea light candles
• Cut out Canada Day themed objects from scraps of fabric.
• Glue your fabric to the outside of the clear jar (remember to completely cover the back of the fabric with glue so the edges don't curl up). If desired, brush glue all over the surface of the jar with a paintbrush, including the fabric (but not the bottom of the jar!), then sprinkle the with glitter.
• Place your tea light inside its new holder and watch it glow.
Note: This a very flexible craft. You do not even have to use fabric, simply apply glue to the surface of the jar and sprinkle with red and white glitter, or colored sand. You could also spread glue over your jar, lightly stick on a cut-out of a maple leaf, then sprinkle your jar with sand or glitter; peel off the maple leaf cut-out and then sprinkle that area with a different colored sand or glitter, or a different type of material.
If you don't have time for an involved project, here are some simple craft ideas to help boost your Canada Day spirit:
• Things to do with ... flowers: Put some daisies in a water-filled mason jar and tie red ribbon around the outside of the jar. Or tie the red ribbon around a bouquet of white flowers and hang around the deck, fence or room.
• Things to do with ... construction paper: For an easy table decoration, place some red and white construction paper in a three hole punch, collect the punched out circles and sprinkle on top of your dining room table. Great for a relaxed dinner party, or just some family fun.
• Things to do with ... dessert: Indulge in berry season! Sprinkle raspberries or strawberries on top of a white desserts like, vanilla pudding, vanilla cake, ice cream, or better yet, some fresh whipped cream.
• Things to do with ... rocks: Paint rocks you've collected red and white, then place them in clear jars, or heat-proof glass bowls. Place one or more tea lights on top.
• Things to do with ... the kids: if you're having a party where kids will be involved, consider having a Canada Day-themed scavenger hunt. Hide red and white objects throughout your yard and/or house. Make sure they're easily identifiable as Canada Day themed – you can have a list of all the hidden objects. Or, make all the object the same, such as red and white painted rocks.
For more easy crafts to make with kids, check out Canadian Living Moms' Fun channel.
If you're looking to make a special lunch or dinner this Canada Day, check out our piece : Celebrate Canada Day: Summer recipes and family fun.
Beyond Thanksgiving dessert and carving jack-o’-lanterns, this autumn gourd has a host of health benefits. Here are five ways pumpkins can improve your diet, sleep and skin, plus five easy and nutritious pumpkin recipes.
1. Healthy eyes
Pumpkin is a rich source of beta-carotene—it’s what gives it that rich, vibrant colour. Packed with potent antioxidants, it helps protect your vision from degeneration. Bonus: You’ll also see stronger nails and healthier hair.
2. Glowing skin
Pumpkins are rich in a host of skin-healthy vitamins: the properties from antioxidant-rich vitamin A (retinol) act as a shield for your skin, protecting you from the damaging affects of free radicals; vitamin C helps promote collagen production and renew the skin for a glowing face; and vitamin E improves skin tone.
3. Energy boost
The daily recommended iron intake for women is higher than for men, and as women age or become pregnant, the necessary dose increases. Pumpkins are full of iron, an immunity-boosting mineral that can help ward of illness and fatigue and keep your energy high.
4. Better diet
High in fibre (7 grams per one cup of canned pumpkin) and low in calories (26 calories for 100g), pumpkins can help you stay full longer and keep your digestion on track. The Heart & Stroke association recommends 21 to 38 grams of fibre a day, however most people don’t quite reach half that amount.
5. Improved sleep and mood
Don’t toss the seeds. Raw pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) are rich in tryptophan (yes, the same snooze-inducing amino acid that kicks in post-turkey dinner) and can help you get more Zs. This compound also supports serotonin, which not only helps you sleep better, but boosts your mood, too.
Whether you use the whole pumpkin, the pulp or the seeds, here are five must-try recipes, ranging from savoury to sweet.
Thai Pumpkin Coconut Soup
This silky soup is a mix of traditional sweet and sour Thai flavours and has only 159 calories per serving. It’s guaranteed to be your go-to winter warm-up soup.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
A muffin is a great grab-and-go treat. Skip the maple cream cheese spread to keep the calorie count (250 calories) low.
Arugula and Pepita Pesto
Add this pesto to salad, soups or over meat. Keeps in the freezer for up to six months.
Almond Pepita Butter
This fragrant nut butter with a mix of almond and pepita is a super-satisfying topper.
Pumpkin Pie Granola
A mix of pepitas, pecans, flaxseeds, puffed rice cereal and a medley of aromatic spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and cloves gives this granola loads of flavour.