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Wenjack Shortlisted for the OLSN Northern Lit AwardAn Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School not realizing just how far away home is Along the way he s followed by Manitous spirits of

  • Title: Wenjack
  • Author: Joseph Boyden Kent Monkman
  • ISBN: 9780735233386
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shortlisted for the 2017 OLSN Northern Lit AwardAn Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School, not realizing 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 removedShortlisted for the 2017 OLSN Northern Lit AwardAn Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School, not realizing 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.Written by Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author Joseph Boyden and beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist Kent Monkman, Wenjack is a powerful and poignant look into the world of a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.

    Wenjack by Joseph Boyden Wenjack is a short novel by Joseph Boyden winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize the tells the story of Chanie Wenjack a native Canadian who at the age of died of hunger after fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School at age in Kenora, Ontario, Canada Boyden s superb text is accompanied by outstanding illustrations. Wenjack novella Wenjack is a historical fiction novella based on the story of Chanie Charlie Wenjack by Canadian author Joseph Boyden.It was published by Hamish Hamilton of Penguin Books in and features illustrations by Cree artist Kent Monkman.It was part of a collaborative effort to commemorate the th anniversary of Chanie s death The book follows Chanie Wenjack, a year old Ojibwe boy, as he The Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Fund The Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Fund DWF is part of Gord Downie s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of both the Downie and Wenjack families, to call Canadians to learning and action in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of this land The goal of DWF is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack s residential school story, and to support the reconciliation Chanie Wenjack Chanie Wenjack was born in on the Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls Reserve At the age of nine, he was sent, along with his two sisters, to board at the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora Once there, he was given the name Charlie. Wenjack Joseph Boyden Oct , The acclaimed author of The Orenda gives us a powerful and poignant look into the last moments of Charlie Wenjack, a residential school runaway trying to find his way home An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School Too late, he realizes 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 Chanie Wenjack and the Histories of Residential Schooling Oct , Today, October, is the nd anniversary of Chanie Wenjack s death Chanie misnamed Charlie by his teachers was a year old Anishinaabe boy who, along with two other classmates, ran away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Chanie Wenjack The Canadian Encyclopedia Sep , Chanie Charlie Wenjack born January died October near Redditt, ON Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy from Ontario, ran away from his residential school near Kenora at age , and subsequently died from hunger and exposure to the harsh weather. Wenjack Indigo Chapters Oct , Wenjack is a book that makes it possible for one to both be thankful and ashamed of the heat in a single breath Date published Rated out of by Cory from Short but Powerful A must read for all Canadians Well written by one of Canada s best authors Don t let the small size of the book put you off, it s a powerful story. Chanie Wenjack Historica Canada The story of Chanie Charlie Wenjack, whose death sparked the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools The th Heritage Minute in The lonely death of Chanie Wenjack Macleans CHARLIE WENJACK would have been years old on January , and it s possible that during his short and disturbed life someone may have taken a snapshot of him one of those laughing, open

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    1. Ariel on said:

      Education, I honestly believe, is the only way to start correcting the incredible injustices of the past. The mistreatment of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is something that I learned so little about throughout my school years, and so it's up to me to fix that.Reading books like this is harrowing. It's sad and honestly a bit awful. Who, seriously, wants to read about kids being ripped away from their families to be raised in schools that try to abuse their culture out of them? No one. But we hav [...]

    2. Matthew Quann on said:

      This is the most important Canadian book of the year. I don't just mean that in a literary sense either. No, this book is absolutely essential reading for Canadians. In a country where we pride ourselves on our kindness and sense of community, it is of paramount importance that we look upon the abject horror of residential schools. It is important that we as a country know these atrocities so that they will never be committed again, and so that reconciliation can begin.I read Wenjack cover to co [...]

    3. Maxwell on said:

      This is a nice short book that would be a good introduction to Boyden's works. It's a novella that tells the story of Chanie "Charlie" Wenjack who escapes from a Canadian Indian residential school in an attempt to make it back to his family. It's beautifully written, as all Boyden's books are, and tells a harrowing story. It did lack some depth that I feel Boyden captures in his other short stories, but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it. Now that I've read all of his books, I guess I jus [...]

    4. Norma on said:

      I read WENJACK by JOSEPH BOYDEN in one sitting which took me less than an hour to read. When I bought this book I didn't realize that is was a novella and I honestly didn't know much about the plot either. I bought it because it looked interesting to me and I knew that I would learn something by reading it. This book is based on Chanie "Charlie" Wenjack's story, which I regretfully have to say that I never knew nothing about. Which is really sad when you think about it.The story was told in two [...]

    5. Brandon Forsyth on said:

      One of those rare stories that only takes an hour to read, but you know will stay with you for the rest of your life. Miigwetch, Mr. Boyden.

    6. David Schaafsma on said:

      10/14/17: Re-read for my Fall 2017 YAL class, partly in conjunction with Secret Path, by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire. Some revisions/edits.1/9/17:“Walk on, little CharlieWalk on through the snow.Heading down the railway line,Trying to make it home.Well, he's made it 40 miles,Six hundred left to go.It's a long old lonesome journey,Shufflin' through the snow.”The Ballad of Charlie Wenjack (1972) by the great Indian singer Willie DunnSomething really special has been happening around the 50th a [...]

    7. Lala BooksandLala on said:

      "Many thousands of children died during their time in these alien institutions- from disease, from abuse, from exposure or accidents while trying to run away. The true number of children who died under the watch of those responsible for their care will never be known. Proper records were purposefully not kept. The death of these countless innocents remains one of the deepest, most brutal stains on Canada's history."

    8. Allison on said:

      This book, so tiny and fragile and beautiful, is a gorgeous tribute to a boy who, his family says, was all three of these things. I love this book -- its frailty in physical size and in emotional contribution. Boyden has done a beautiful job with a painful subject. Along with Downie & Lemire's Secret Path, Wenjack's story is coming out in a classy way, a touching way and a way that demands attention. I am thankful to all of these artists for what they are giving us as Canadians.

    9. KamRun on said:

      چانی ونجک، پسربچه‌ای که فقط می‌خواست به خانه‌اش برگردداز سال 1870 تا 1996، بیش از 150 هزار کودک سرخپوست کانادایی با زور، تهدید و ارعاب از خانواده‌هایشان جدا و در مدرسه‌های شبانه‌روزی اسکان داده شدند. ده‌ها هزار تن آنان بعلت سواستفاده جنسی، بدرفتاری، شکنجه و یا در هنگام فرار جا [...]

    10. Maryam on said:

      A must read for every Canadian! This is a very short book but tells the story of one of the darkest periods of First Nation children's lives in Canada!We always hear how nice everyone is in Canada but reading this book shows not everyone was treated with kindness.

    11. Jason on said:

      A pocketbook worth reading; there is some kind of power in there on those pages. It is a quiet and poignant blend of reality and lore from the first people of what would become known as Canada, raped of their culture by the white man and forced to assimilate. The little boy in this story is a hero and should be regarded as such. His is one of thousands of similar stories of the toll it took on the men and women who'd been ripped from their families. If I have one criticism, it's that it wasn't l [...]

    12. Ammar on said:

      This is a must read for all Canadians, young and old. Joseph Boyden narrates the escape of Chanie 'Charlie' Wenjack from his residential school to go to his home. This glimpse into a First Nation youth's life shows how horrible those schools were. It does shine the light on one of the worst moments of Canadian history and how the 'European' wanted to educate and civilize the 'savage' and how horribly wrong it was done. You can grab a copy from the nearest Chapters or Coles , and you won't regret [...]

    13. Celise on said:

      50 years ago, 12-year old aboriginal boy Chanie Wenjack ran away from a Canadian residential school, heading for the home he had been taken from. He didn't make it.If you went to a Canadian high school anything like mine was, this subject was optional learning. History class glazed over the chapter where we mistreated first nations children, ripping from their homes, beating them when they escaped, and forcing them to forget their own language, names, and family. In English class, when Three Day [...]

    14. Petra on said:

      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 [...]

    15. Kristi on said:

      The story of 12 year old Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy who ran away from his residential school and subsequently died from hunger and cold alone along railway tracks in Northern Ontario in 1966. His death launched an investigation into these horrendous institutions - though it still took many decades for the last school to finally close its doors . In short: another absolutely essential read from Canada's greatest living writer.

    16. Andrew on said:

      Picture the genius writing of A Little Life but in less than one hundred pages, and made even sadder with a First Nations angle. And a child alone in the cold.And a true story.Not for the faint of heart. But you have to have a heart to read it.

    17. Czarny Pies on said:

      "Wenjack" is a short novel by Joseph Boyden (winner of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize) the tells the story of Chanie Wenjack (a native Canadian) who at the age of 13 died of hunger after fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School at age 13 in Kenora, Ontario, Canada. Boyden's superb text is accompanied by outstanding illustrations. My problem with the book is the grievous lack of expository material to assist readers unfamiliar with Northern Ontario and the Canadian Residential Scho [...]

    18. ❀ Susan G on said:

      ayearofbooksblog/2016/10/After meeting Joseph Boyden in June, at the Celebrating Canada’s Indigenous Writers Event, I have been looking forward to his latest book. Wenjack is a novella that is a “pocket-sized” book with a striking black and white drawings of the spirit animals which followed Chanie Wenjack in the fictional story based on his escape from the residential school. Despite its’ small size, the book shares a large impact on readers who consider the terrible legacy of residenti [...]

    19. Chihoe Ho on said:

      So much emotional weight and societal significance is packed into this novella, and really, only a great master storyteller like Joseph Boyden can capture the nuance of this tragic true story in such succinct ways through the eyes of the creatures who witness Chanie Wenjack's perilous journey.

    20. Kris - My Novelesque Life on said:

      WENJACK Written by Joseph Boyden2016; 118 Pages (Hamish Hamilton)Genre: literary fiction, historical fiction, canadian, canadaRATING: ★★★★Chanie Wenjack, a young Ojibwe boy is taken from from his family and put into aresidential school in Ontario, Canada. While there he is bullied and abused by those that are supposed to care for him. Despite the danger, he decides to runaway with two fellow "students". Later, he would be found dead. Wenjack's death would lead to an inquest that would re [...]

    21. Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ on said:

      I'm at a loss for words after reading this fictionalized account of Chanie Wenjack's last days, with flashbacks to his time in a residential school. It's through masterfully crafted historical fiction such as this that we can begin to truly understand the horrors of our past.

    22. Andrew on said:

      Wenjack, by Joseph Boyden, is the tale of a young boy, Chanie Wenjack, who escapes from a residential school in Kenora, Ontario, to try and find his family. The story follows Chanie as he stumbles through the cold, October landscape of Ontario. He is pursued by spirits who observe him from afar. For those who do not know, the residential school system was a brutal attempt to destroy Aboriginal culture in Canada. It took children away from their families and placed them in boarding schools to att [...]

    23. Krista on said:

      Charlie. His real name is Chanie. But the ones who forced him to that school can't pronounce or don't care to listen and so say it with sharp tongues instead. If we could feel pity for this one, we would. His walk before, his walk to come. Neither is easy. All he wants is home. We follow now, we follow always, not to lead but to capture. Someone, yes, will capture this boy's life.The genesis of Wenjack sounds like the stuff of urban myth: After Gord Downie's brother rediscovered the old Maclean' [...]

    24. Friederike Knabe on said:

      "We follow one, we follow always, not to lead but to capture. Someone, yes, will capture this boy's life." muses the Owl as they observe young Chanie Wenjack on his lonely path, running as best he can towards his family and home. Any thought of what he experienced in two years of residential school or of what he would have to live through if he was caught, pushes him along he track. The owl is one of twelve animals - part visible creatures, part wood spirits -, who accompany the young fragile b [...]

    25. Cathy on said:

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

    26. Marc-Antoine on said:

      Every Canadian owes it to themselves to read this book. The truth is out, time to commence the reconciliation.

    27. Randy Mcdonald on said:

      Joseph Boyden's novella Wenjack is a sensitive retelling of the story of Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe who ran away from his residential school one October day in 1967 and died of exposure. Wenjack's story has gained national prominence in recent years as Canadians at large have become aware of the borderline-genocidal ills of our country's Indian residential school system. Joined by another new project, Secret Path, an album by Gord Downie and a graphic novel by Jeff Lemire, Wenjack is part of [...]

    28. Jim Lang on said:

      Gord Downie's Secret Path project may be receiving all the attention right now, but this slim novella by Joseph Boyden is a truly beautiful and heart-wrenching piece of work. Boyden follows young Chanie Wenjack, a runaway from a residential school in 1960s Kenora from the moment of his escape to his death from exposure beside a railroad track in the forest that he believed would lead to his home.Boyden does a great job of peering inside Chanie's head, and portraying his journey from his limited [...]

    29. Renee on said:

      Wenjack is the most important book that I have read in 2016. As a Canadian, I've heard about the horrors of Residential Schools, but they weren't in the school curriculum and always felt like something distant. Wenjack helped to open my eyes to the terrible injustices suffered by so many First Nations children from the 19th C to 1996. Canada is known for being peaceful, and it can be hard to fathom the true evil that is a part of it's history. From physical, emotional, and sexual abuse to eugeni [...]

    30. Jackie on said:

      A tragic but important story. Heart-achingly beautiful and a must read for ALL Canadians.

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