Canada’s Indigenous People Pay Tribute To “Man Who Walks Among The Stars’ – Gord Downie

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted December 7th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

He was honoured at an Assembly of First Nations gathering in Quebec this December 7th  as the “man who walks among the stars.”

Gord Downie is one of Canada's and the world's truly heroic 'Persons of the Year' this 2016

Gord Downie is one of Canada’s and the world’s truly heroic ‘Persons of the Year’ this 2016

Gord Downie, the frontman of the iconic Canadian rock band Tragically Hip, wiped tears from his eyes as members of the Assembly paid tribute to him for his part in drawing awareness to the suffering inflicted on indigenous people victimized by residential school and for raising his voice for truth and reconciliation.

Forget about Trump being named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2016. One of the people who deserves to be honoured as one of this year’s heroes is Gord Downie, who was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer early in this year, then took the band out of what may very well be a farewell, cross-country tour.

And then, in some of the closingl moments of the tour’s final show in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario, with at least 12 million people watching around the world on a livestream, instead of talking about his own difficult journey, he used the venue to speak out to Canada’s prime minister and the whole country about the need to heal the wounds from hundreds of years of injustice suffered by First Nations peoples.

Then there was what hopefully will not go done as a final encore.

Earlier this fall, Gord Downie produced and performed the music for a project called ‘Secret Path’, about a young aboriginal boy Chanie Wenjack, who 50 years ago this fall, succumbed to cold and hunger trying to walk hundreds of miles back home from a residential school.

If you haven’t purchased the book and vinyl discs for the Secret Path project yet, you can still get that or purchase the music on a CD called ‘Secret Path’, released across Canada and the United States this past December 2nd. Last I checked it was available at HMV Records at the Pen Centre shopping mall in St. Catharines/Niagara for $12.99 and I am I’m sure you can get it at Record Theatre in Buffalo, New York too. Proceeds from sales of Secret Path go to Canada’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba that you can find out more about online at .

So forget about Times’ Person of the Year. There is still time for Canada’s Maclean’s magazine to name Gord Downie, who has also devoted many years to raising awareness about environmental causes, a Person of the Year at least one of the great heroes of 2016 here.

Watch Gord Downie being honoured at the December 6th, 2016 Assaembly of Frist Nations gathering –

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2 responses to “Canada’s Indigenous People Pay Tribute To “Man Who Walks Among The Stars’ – Gord Downie

  1. Dear Doug,
    Thank you so very much for all the amazing reporting/coverage
    and investigative work that you are doing in so many areas,
    and then bringing it forward to the people of Niagara and beyond.
    I forward you articles far and wide.

    You ask and inspire us to look at the now…..
    ….to read and to question……
    And then to respond …..even knowing….
    that it could be a crap shoot……
    no guaranteed result or outcome….and …,
    easy to give up on, to not vote,to not care about,
    to not question and/or to not speak up ……

    can be inspiring and beyond………
    Each individual decision, vote, question and comment
    …. adds to the whole……and …..
    each person can and does make a difference.

    This video link included in your article of Gord Downie,,
    “Man Who Walks Among the Stars”
    …… caused shivers to the depth of my soul…..

    Well done and thank you so much.
    Looking forward,


  2. We are born to ask and question everything..


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