Unit One B Week Nine: Canadian Scandal Lesson 2.12 Complete the following tasks, record your responses on this document, submit the document (as an attachment) via Blackboard. You will need more space to record your answers; keep typing and the space will expand. In the previous lessons, you listened to and read the story of Saul Indian Horse, a fictitious character in the novel Indian Horse . In this lesson, you will learn about Chanie Wenjack, a young boy who died on October 22, 1966, trying to escape the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School. His tragic, haunting story is true. Before Comprehending and Responding 1. Listen to the CBC Radio Documentary “Dying For An Education: Little Charlie” by Jody Porter: - 12115/ (11 minutes). 2. List what you learn about Chenie’s (misnamed Charlie by his teachers) life and death as you listen to this documentary. Include the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the documentary. 10 marks Charlie is an Indian child, who ran away from residential school at twelve. He ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora. He was gone a week when his body was found near the railroad tracks beside Redditt on 23, October 1966. Charlie Wenjack’s death had brought national media attention. Charlie passed away from extreme cold and hunger. Charlie’s father lives and works on an isolated reservation in northern Ontario. Charlie was not a strong student, and he had to spend two years in Grade1, and had special classes. He was very strong with jokes, and was able to understand them very quick. Charlie was a thin and sickly boy, with an enormous scar that ran in a loop from high on his right chest, down and up over his back. 3. Read the Maclean’s article “The lonely death of Chanie Wenjack” (PDF) by Ian Adams, published February 1, 1967. What more does this article reveal about Chanie’s life and death? 10 marks This article reveals a lot more about Chanie’s death. This article reveals about a
lot of other people who helped Chanie after running away from the Residential School. He was going to be 13 years old at January 19 but passed away a few months before. Charlie passed away just four and a half feet away from the train that carries away white people. Charlie had no kind of identification when he was found dead. Neither did Chanie, or his parents understand why he was taken to residential school. After postmortem was conducted on Chanie, it was understood that he had lung infection, at the time of death. Although, Chanie had a map, and was very focused on it he never understood it, as he didn’t know English. 4. What do the radio documentary and the MacLean’s article reveal about Canadian society? Explain. 10 marks The radio documentary wasn’t clear, and I had a really hard time understanding it. It reveals that Chanie Wenjack only wore a thin cotton shirt, and leather boots on the day he decided to run away from the residential school. He passed away on October 22, trying to walk 400 kms, to reach his dad. He only had a half dozen wooden matches, that were dry. The matches were given to him by Mrs. Kelly. Charlie didn’t
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