When an entire student body takes a walk together, it's probably significant. In fact, it's an answer to the call to #dosomething to help "create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples". 

This morning, approximately 900 Weyburn Comprehensive School students took a 'Walk for Wenjack'.

The students walked in large groups, exiting from the closest fire exits, and all around their school, then finishing by taking a loop around the Community Track.

This was in honour of Chanie Wenjack, a boy who, after being sent to a residential school in Ontario in 1966, tried to walk over 600 kilometres home, and tragically passed away from exposure.

The tragedy brought attention to the treatment of children in the Canadian residential school system, and an inquest into the matter was ordered by the Government of Canada.

Our students, along with students across the country this week, remembered Chanie while physically experiencing what it feels like to walk a kilometre in their bodies, and trying to imagine feeling so alone and displaced to be willing to risk running away from school and trying to walk over 600 kilometres to get home.

The story was poignant for the late singer of the Canadian music band,  The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie. In fact, the Downie Wenjack Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to building awareness, education, and connections between all peoples in Canada.

Read more HERE.