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A Brief One from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
Posted October 19th, 2017
When news broke, this Wednesday, 2017th of the death of Canadian musician, poet and activist Gord Downie at age 53, Niagara at Large posted a short piece in tribute that you can visit by clicking on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/10/18/heres-to-you-a-great-canadian-and-humanitarian-gord-downie-rest-in-peace/ .
On the front pages of a few major Canadian newspapers this October 19th, there was an image of an illustration by artist Jeff Lemire, who worked on the drawings and animation for Gord Downie on a project the Tragically Hip frontman completed last year called Secret Path, recounting the tragic story of a young Indigenous boy , Channie Wenjack, who in October of 1966, died of cold and hunger as he tried walking hundreds of miles along railroad tracks to get home to his family from a residential school where he was taken and kept like a concentration camp prisoner.
Jeff Lemire took the image he had drawn of the young boy on the tracks for the Secret Path project and replaced him with Gord Downie walking away from us, as one way of honouring him following his death. This moving image has been posted by the artist on Facebook, and if you are a fan of Gord Downie and have not yet seen it, I am reposting it here.
Further to that, Gord Downie was a vocal advocate for environmental protection and a long-time supporter who also sat on the board of the b-inational citizens group Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.
This October 18th, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, a sister group of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, posted the following words –
‘All of us at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper are saddened by the loss of Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. Gord was not only a beloved artist here in Western New York, but also served as a Trustee for our partners at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. On October 3, 2013, Gord headlined a night of acoustic performance and poetry to benefit our organization’s mission. We will never forget that amazing evening, nor the artistry of this talented and passionate human being. Thank you, Gord, for sharing your life and art with the world. You will be greatly missed.’
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