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Globe and Mail: Gord Downie to release album, graphic novel about residential schools

September 9, 2016 — 

The Globe and Mail and many other outlets are reporting on Gord Downie’s recent partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.

As the Globe reports:

Gord Downie may have sung his last bit of Canadiana as front man and lyricist for the Tragically Hip, but a new solo offering will help spread the devastating story of this country’s Indian residential schools long into the future.

Mr. Downie, who shocked Canadians with the news in May that he suffers from an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma, is releasing a new album and graphic novel about a young First Nations boy who died a half century ago after running away from one of the schools.

All of the proceeds from the multimedia project, called Secret Path, will support the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, which was created to preserve the memory of what happened at the institutions and the legacy of a system that ripped indigenous children from their families.

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