Visual Merchandising Arts Program tells the story of Chanie Wenjack and the Secret Path
As part of a new series of Progressive Window Displays dedicated towards generating social awareness through visual communication, the current installation has been created to inform and engage the Sheridan community about The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund – an initiative focused on cross-cultural education to support healing, recovery, and fostering new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. The display features the Secret Path box set; including music written by Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) and illustrations by Sheridan Illustration Alumnus Jeff Lemire. Secret Path tells the story of Chanie Wenjack – A twelve-year old Ojibwe First Nations boy who ran away from his residential school and subsequently died from hunger and weather conditions. Proceeds from the sale of Secret Path will go to The Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation via The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at The University of Manitoba.
Over the course of several weeks, different items will be added to this display to better illustrate Chanie’s story.
* Please note that some of the illustrations below may be difficult for certain viewers.
The Sheridan community, including Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support is committed to sustaining the academic and personal success of all Indigenous students: Status, Non-Status, Metis, and Inuit.
Sheridan acknowledges that for thousands of years all three of its campuses has been on the traditional Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. It is our collective responsibility to honour and respect those who have gone before us, those who are here, and those you have yet to come. We are grateful for the opportunity to be working on this land.
Stay tuned for announcements about programming related to the display.
Sheridan’s Visual Merchandising Arts program offers a two year diploma at Hazel McCallion Campus. Designed to develop our students’ creativity, knowledge of the business sphere as well as their communication and leadership skills, our graduates have a consistently high job-placement rate. Click here to learn more.
Conceptualization and Art Direction: Louise Franklin
Illustration: Junlin Chen and Disi Xu
Realization: Junlin Chen, Louise Franklin, Mackenzie Henry, Adam Perry, and Disi Xu
Photos: Julie Pasila, Junlin Chen and Disi Xu