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This is a free event. Tickets must be reserved through the Rene M. Caisse Theatre box office at 705.645.8400.

Trillium Lakelands District Schools board is hosting their 10th Annual Parent and Community Evening for First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Education with a special presentation by Mike Downie on May 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Parents and community members are invited to attend an evening with celebrated storyteller and documentary filmmaker Mike Downie. Using the story of Chanie Wenjack as a starting point, Mike helps audiences understand Canada’s troubling legacy of residential schools, to explore how to reconcile with the past, and bring healing as individuals and as a nation.

When Mike Downie first heard the story of Chanie Wenjack—an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school—it was like an arrow shot through his heart. Haunted, he shared the story with his brother, celebrated musician Gord Downie, and the two vowed to find a way to tell it to the world. The result was their multi-media project Secret Path, consisting of a music album and a graphic novel and film (with artist Jeff Lemire), that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians.

A celebrated storyteller, Mike is writer, director, and producer of numerous documentaries, as well as a founder of Edgarland Films. He is the winner of a Canadian Screen Award for Best Science Documentary for his film, Invasion of the Brain Snatchers. He received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Direction, and a nomination for the Allan King Award for Documentary Excellence for his film, One OceanThe documentary also won two prestigious Chris Awards at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival.

Mike is co-founder of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, part of the movement to jumpstart reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.