Today marks the 54th anniversary of the tragic death of Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy, who at the tender age of 12, ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School run by The Presbyterian Church in Canada to return home, only to be found dead by hunger and exposure to harsh weather.

Earlier this year, the PCC Archives provided the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) with historical photographs to assist with reconciliation. It is said that the story of Chanie along with the painful legacy of residential schools is being taught in at least 40,000 classrooms across the country. Click here for links and resources to learn more.

From the PCC Archives

Memorial erected on the PCC-run Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School site as part of the TRC commemoration activities.