Fifty years ago this month a 12 year old Ojibway boy named Chanie (Anglicized to Charlie) Wenjack ran away from an Indian Residential School in Kenora. He then died along a railway line a week later.
His death sparked a formal inquiry which condemned the IRS system. And most of us had never heard of him until this year when this Heritage minute was released:
This book is a fictionalized/imaginative (and greatly compressed--into a couple of days) account of his fatal flight to freedom. It is narrated by the Manitous that accompany and watch Chanie on his trip.
I am tempted to read it to my children (at least the older two) as a way to start to talk about this so difficult subject.
I am also tempted to suggest it as a book study for the congregation.