Finding the Secret Path
Secret Path is a multimedia project including a documentary, musical tour and an animated film. An adaptation of Gord Downie’s music and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel, it tells the wrenching story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died fifty years ago, after running away from an Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario.
The CBC aired Secret Path in October of 2017.
Finding The Secret Path, a TV documentary about the last year of Gord Downie’s life and his effort to bring the story of Chanie Wenjack to the national stage won the Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series Award and Best Direction, Documentary Award at the 8th Canadian Screen Awards (March, 2020).
Distribution Partner: CBC
About the Creator
Gord Downie, who died in 2017, was the lead singer of the rock band The Tragically Hip, widely regarded as one of the most influential and popular artists in Canadian music history. Secret Path is based on his fifth and final studio album of the same name. The album won multiple Juno Awards and Downie won the Songwriter of the Year award. The album was also a nominee for a Polaris Music Prize.