It was nice to see Gord Downie in Ottawa on Sunday for the Canada 150/WE Day festivities. He had something to say on behalf of Canada’s indigenous people. He told the crowd that many are still suffering as those enrolled in the residential school system.
“Now we begin a new 150 years. We leave behind the first 150 years, the ones with one big problem — trying to wipe out our Indigenous people, to take their minds and hearts, to give them the choice [to] become white or get lost. It’s time to listen to the stories of the Indigenous [people], to hear stories about now. We are blessed as a young country to be able to look to the wisdom of a really, really old country.”
He appeared onstage with Daisy and Pearl Wenjack, sisters of Chanie Wenjack, the boy at the centre of Gord’s Secret Path project.