Wenjack

Wenjack

Book - 2016
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"An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School. He realizes too late just how far away home is. Along the way he's followed by Manitous, spirits of the forest who comment on his plight, cajoling, taunting, and ultimately offering him a type of comfort on his difficult journey back to the place he was so brutally removed from."--
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, Hamish Hamilton,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780735233386
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOY
Characteristics: 102 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm

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A small but poignant book about the escape and journey home of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, an Ojibwe boy who was placed in a Residential School around 1965. Many may recognize the name Wenjack from the Gorde Downie (Tragically Hip) album and graphic novel titled Secret Path. The novel is narrated b... Read More »


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marylongworth
Jun 06, 2017

Excellent book, read in an hour or so. A small but very emotional book, this award winning author looks at various aspects of Native beliefs and the history of residential schools.

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FVReader
May 27, 2017

My heart goes out to Chanie Wenjack and all the others who experienced the loneliness and fear of the Residential School system.
The mysticism in this story warmed my heart. Chanie wasn't alone through his ordeal of finding his way home. I truly hope that Chanie had the hearts of the spirits with him.
This story can be seen on many levels:
Chanie Wenjack, the frightened, hungry, scared 12-year old who tried to find his way home.
Chanie Wenjack, the boy who's plight caused a nation to look at what they are doing to a People and to start making changes for the betterment of the People.
Chanie Wenjack, the child who stands as a symbol for all those who suffered before and after him until the horror was finally ended.

I was appalled to read that the Residential Schools ran until 1996. This is shameful.
Our country welcomes immigrants from all countries. We allow them to practice their customs, religions and speak their language openly and without discrimination. Yet we denied those privileges to our own countrymen.....at the same time we allowed it to others. Shame, Canada!

This story should never be forgotten. It needs to be told. I hope more of these stories come forward so that healing and awareness happen, with the determination to never let this situation arise again.

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Quietday
Apr 13, 2017

Some stories, however terribly sad, must be told. This one of them. Beautifully written and very painful to read. Those poor, poor children.

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mclarjh
Apr 05, 2017

Childish.

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wiredonjava
Mar 13, 2017

This powerful little book was more than the story of the ruthless attempt to destroy a sacred culture. This was a marvelous homage to the circle of life, with a spiritual connection to all living creatures.

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alexkillby
Mar 11, 2017

This is a beautifully-written work that exposes the atrocities of cultural genocide that took place at the hands of the Canadian government in the 20th century. This important book should be required reading in all Canadian schools.

VaughanPLTamara Dec 27, 2016

This book was a thoughtfully written and detailed depiction of what life was like for a residential school runaway. It is a short book, yet sends a powerful message about what children went through during the time of residential schools. It is hard to read at times because of the nature of the content, but it is important to understand the history and should not be forgotten.

samcmar Dec 26, 2016

Heartbreaking and sad, Joseph Boyden has such a beautiful way with words. I also thought the note at the end was so important and it makes for a lot of interesting and important discussion behind residential schools and Canada's First Nations. This is a very, very emotional read.

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okbookgirl
Dec 21, 2016

I agree with the comment below suggesting that every Canadian should read this short book. And, be courageous enough to take a long look at the great photo of Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack in happy times. Thank you, Mr. Boyden. This must have been a very difficult book to write.

VaughanPLLily Dec 15, 2016

This book presents the very sad and powerful journey of Chanie Wenjack, who escaped from residential school in Northern Ont. to go home, in the frigid winter. It is a very important book, also beautifully written despite of the heavy subject.

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TheGymnastQueen
Apr 17, 2017

TheGymnastQueen thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 20

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