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About The Brand

It’s Madness. When you think about just how many transition oriented parks are around compared to the number of transition specific brands around, the figures are a little skewiff. A new company out of the Dwindle camp, Madness Skateboards is here to help reset the equilibrium. As far as shapes and graphics go they have been taking notes from the likes of Pocket Pistols and Welcome Skateboards.

They have a full team of maniacs that like to get wild on the high ropes including Sam Beckett, Alex Perelson, Clay Kreiner & Aussie Jack Fardell. you can expect big things from Madness. Not just with a killer line up of riders but on the deck front too. They have kicked things off with some wider double kicks and directionals. They are all tweaked with little features with riding big stuff in mind. Maybe Madness isn’t so crazy after all?

MADNESS COMES IN MANY FORMS. Understanding what to do when you encounter it is a task that very few can comprehend. Skateboarding is pure MADNESS! Prepare for the ride.

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The Downie Wenjack Legacy Room

Learn About Canada's Indigenous History 

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Legacy Spaces are designated spaces dedicated to providing accurate information regarding Indigenous history and our journey of reconciliation. The spaces are meant to be safe and welcoming places where conversations about the past, present and future are facilitated and encouraged. They also serve as symbols and reminders for employees, clients, students and guests of the important work each of us needs to do if the promises of this country are to be fulfilled.

The DWF Legacy Spaces program is an opportunity for corporations, government, organizations and educational institutions to play an important role in their communities. If you are interested in establishing a DWF Legacy Space, please email legacyspaces@downiewenjack.ca.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of his family, to improving the lives of First Peoples. In collaboration with the Wenjack family, the goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story and to aid our collective reconciliation journey through awareness, education, and action.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack (DWF) team is Indigenous-led and is located on the Haudenosaunee Territory, The Six Nations of the Grand River alongside their neighbours The Mississaugas of the New Credit.

Backstory | Chanie Wenjack

Chanie Wenjack, misnamed Charlie Wenjack by his teachers, was an Anishinaabe boy, born in Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls Reserve on January 19th, 1954.

In 1963, at the age of nine, Chanie was sent to the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential school in Kenora, Ontario. In 1966, at 12-years old, Chanie ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey, attempting to reunite with his family who were 600km away in Ogoki Post. Nine others ran away that same day but all were caught within 24 hours. 

Unfortunately, Chanie’s body was found beside the railway tracks on October 22, 1966, a week after he fled. He succumbed to starvation and exposure. In his pocket was nothing but a little glass jar with seven wooden matches. Chanie fell victim to Canada’s legacy of colonization of Indigenous Peoples.

Chanie’s story, tragically, is very similar to many stories of Indigenous children across this country. 

The Secret Path

After hearing about Chanie Wenjack’s life and death, Gord Downie began a personal project to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack and share it with other Canadians. The project began as ten poems written by Gord as he imagined what it would be like to be Chanie. These poems later became the lyrics to the Juno award-winning album, Secret Path. 

In 2014, Gord and Mike brought Secret Path to comic artist Jeff Lemire and asked for help in illustrating Chanie’s story, bringing him and the many children like him to life. Jeff saw the merit in committing time to this project and together with Gord created Secret Path illustrated book.

The Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history—the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the Residential School system—with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation.

To learn more about the Secret Path project, visit www.secretpath.ca.