From story to calling – Mike and Gord Downie’s move toward reconciliation

By Justin Waldrop Posted: November 5, 2019 8:52 a.m.

Inspirational storyteller and award-winning documentary filmmaker Mike Downie will be on campus sharing a message of reconciliation.
Inspirational storyteller and award-winning documentary filmmaker Mike Downie will be on campus sharing a message of reconciliation. Photo: Courtesy of Mike Downie

Stories have the potential to define us, remind us of our past, and help us shape our future. That’s why Mike Downie – brother of the late, acclaimed musician, Gord Downie – shares stories of hope.

On November 19, the University will host Mike Downie at a free event open to the entire community. In his riveting talks, Downie shares his personal stories, recalling his time growing up in a small town, watching his brother rise to fame, and directing award-winning documentaries.

One story in particular changed the course of his life – a story that Downie found in a 1967 Maclean’s magazine. The story was that of Chanie Wenjack, an Ojibway boy who died in a failed attempt to escape residential school trying to return to his home and family. Mike shared the article with his brother Gord and the two vowed to find a way to share Chanie’s story with the world. The result was the multi-media project Secret Path that challenges Canadians to take a critical look at our country’s past, all the while capturing hearts and minds across the nation.

“Challenging ourselves to look critically at Canada’s shared colonial past allows us to face the truth of our history, learn from it, and move forward together in reconciliation – to a place where everyone belongs and is respected,” says President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons.

This speaker series is part of the University of Regina You Belong Here campaign – a campaign that reinforces the message that our University and our communities are welcoming and inclusive places for all.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Auditorium located in the Education Building on the University’s Main Campus. Free parking is provided in lots 7 and 8. Building and parking information can be found here.

See the event calendar for more details about this event!

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