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 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
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 have to i [...]
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 cover [...]
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 just have [...]
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 altern [...]
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.
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 anniversary [...]
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.
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.
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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.
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 long e [...]
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 it.
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 Ro [...]
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 they [...]
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.
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.
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 School syste [...]
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 residential schools.Ch [...]
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.
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 reveal the truth behind [...]
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.
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 attempt [...]
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 s article [...]
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 boy till th [...]
This powerful little book was 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.
Every Canadian owes it to themselves to read this book The truth is out, time to commence the reconciliation.
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 a [...]
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 w [...]
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 eugenics, [...]
A tragic but important story Heart achingly beautiful and a must read for ALL Canadians.