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CBC Radio One Thunder Bay

He wasn't the first residential school runaway, and he wouldn't be the last. Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack died after fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, trying to make it to his home on the Marten Falls First Nation 600 kilometres away. When his story was chronicled by Ian Adams in Maclean's magazine, ordinary Canadians got one of their first glimpses at the horrors of the residential school system. Close to 50 years after Chanie's death, the CBC's Jody Porter revisits his story.

  • 2012
  • 00:11:11
  • 13-14