Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq artists’ work presented to Gord Downie at emotional ceremony

Regional Chief Morley Googoo presents Gord Downie with a painting commissioned for him by Loretta Gould of Wycobah First Nation. The painting depicts Downey meeting Ojibway boy Charlie Wenjack, who inspired Downey's Secret Path project. Contributed/Regional Chief Morley Googoo

The artwork of two Mi’kmaq artists from Waycobah First Nation in Nova Scotia was presented to Canadian artist and Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downey Tuesday during an emotional Assembly of First Nations meeting.

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Downie was overcome with emotion as he was honoured for his work on reconcilliation during the meeting in Gatineau, Que.

As part of that ceremony, Regional Chief Morley Googoo presented Downie with a painting commissioned by Loretta Gould.

The painting, titled Share our Teachings, depicts Gould’s vision of Downie meeting 12-year-old Ojibway boy Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack.

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Chanie Wenjack is the focus of Downie’s most recent solo workSecret Path which features a graphic novel, movie and music album that tell the tragic story of the boy who died from exposure and hunger trying make his way home after escaping a residential school in Kenora, Ont.

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In addition to the painting, Downie was also given a beaded medallion made by Lillian Googoo of Waycobah, which features his hat that’s become an icon of the recent Tragically Hip Man Machine Poem tour, as well as Secret Path shows.

Gord Downie is seen here wearing the beadwork medallion featuring his iconic hat presented to him by Regional Chief Morley Googoo at a AFN ceremony Tuesday. Fred Cattroll/Assembly of First Nations

“Gord’s main objective with the Secret Path project was to create a conversation about Reconciliation that would span generations,” Chief Googoo said in a release.

“I was honoured to present him with Loretta’s beautiful depiction and Lillian’s incredible beadwork medallion both in recognition of his lasting contribution to Reconciliation on behalf of AFN.”

Gord Downie shakes hands with Regional Chief Morley Googoo during an Assembly of First Nations meeting Tuesday, where he was presented with artwork from two Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq artists. Fred Cattrall/Assembly of First Nations

Downie has also partnered with Regional Chief Googoo on the Legacy Room project, which aims to encourage companies to designate special rooms in their buildings for discussing aboriginal issues and Reconcilliation.

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