Gord Downie, lead singer of Canada’s beloved Tragically Hip, made a rare public appearance on the Canada Day weekend at WE day in our nations Capital. Downie continues to bring attention to the plight of Canada’s young Indigenous people, who still face some of the hardships their ancestors faced in residential schools. Earlier this year, Downie released an album called the Secret Path based on the story of 12 year old Charlie Wenjack. Wenjack died in 1966 after running away from a residential school where he was tortured. Watch Downie’s speech below.
Prime Minister Trudeau was on hand for the ceremony and thanked Downie for his work. “Gord, your work is a powerful reminder of all that still needs to be done to acknowledge one of the darkest chapters in our history and make things right with Canada’s First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit peoples.”
In other Tragically Hip news, “Long Time Running” has been revealed as the name of an upcoming film documenting The Hip’s final journey across Canada which took place during the summer of 2016. It will see a theatrical release at select theatres in Canada this fall.