Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack
Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Benefit Concert Headlining The Sadies & Drew Hayden Taylor
When: 7 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2018; Silent Auction 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Peterborough; Silent Auction, 2nd floor lobby, Market hall
What: An evening of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Talent. All proceeds will be donated to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
Drew Hayden Taylor
Beany John Hoop Dance
Spoken Word Artist Keara Lightning
Wshkiigomaang Curve Lake Women’s Hand Drum Group
National Award-Winning Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School Jazz and Combo Bands
Why: The Downie Wenjack Fund was founded by the late Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip to support awareness, education,
and acts of reconciliation between the First Peoples and settlers of Turtle Island/Canada.
The Fund is part of Downie’s legacy and commitment to Chanie Wenjack and his family to improve the lives of First Peoples. Chanie Wenjack was a 12-year-old boy who died 51 years ago on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away.
The lives of Gord and Chanie became entwined when Chanie became the centre of Gord’s Secret Path project. It became an album, graphic novel and documentary acknowledging the mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system. The project, importantly, expresses the hope of starting our country on a road to collective reconciliation. The May 11 benefit concert will be an illustration of community reconciliation here in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough.
An example of a reconciliation initiative supported by the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is the Paddle for Truth and Reconciliation project, organized, in part, by HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) which allows First Nations youth from fly-in communities in the James Bay region the opportunity to join settler youth from the south.
HIP is a national charity with a board that is half Indigenous and half Rotarian, and supports a broad range of educational initiatives aimed at indigenous youth, Rotary and the broader
“We partnered with the Downie Wenjack Fund, Camp Pathfinder, Camp Wabun and the Mushegowuk Council,” said John Andras, a Peterborough resident and HIP director. “HIP is delighted to be able to support this important initiative.”
Tickets Now On Sale
Online at: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre,
By Phone: 705-749-1146
Walk-In: 140 Charlotte St., corner of George St., Peterborough
(Friday) 7:00 pm
140 Charlotte St