Mike Downie brings the story behind Secret Path to the University of Regina’s You Belong Here speaker series

Media Advisory Release Date: November 18, 2019 9:50 a.m.

When Mike Downie first came across the story of a young Indigenous boy who died trying to run away from a residential school, the first person he shared it with was his brother Gord, renowned frontman for The Tragically Hip. Together, they knew they needed to share it with the rest of the country. What they didn’t know was that Secret Path would become a legacy project; a multi-media experience that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians across the country.

On Tuesday, November 19, speaker and award-winning, documentary filmmaker, Mike Downie will discuss Secret Path; what it meant to his late brother, Gord, and why it should matter to every Canadian. Downie’s presentation is part of the University of Regina’s You Belong Here campaign and speaker series, which reinforces the message that our University is a safe, welcoming, inclusive place for all. Downie explores how our stories define us, remind us of our past, and shape our future as individuals and as a nation.

“True reconciliation can move forward only when we are willing to look squarely at the systemic injustices of our past and our present,” says President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons. “Challenging ourselves allows us to face the truth of our history, learn from it, and move forward together to a place where everyone belongs and is respected.” 

The free presentation is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Media are invited to attend. Portions of Downie’s presentation and question and answer session can be recorded. He will also be available for brief interviews following the event. Arrangements can also be made for phone interviews in advance of the event.

When: Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Education Auditorium – located in the Education Building on the University’s Main Campus. Public parking will be available in Lots 7 and 8. Building and parking information can be found here.


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