His story is the inspiration for a new project by Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip. Downie worked with Toronto illustrator Jeff Lemire on Secret Path, which includes an album, graphic novel and animated film.
Willie Dunn was Canadian film maker, folk musician, playwright and politician. In 1978 he wrote a song about the boy that brings tears to my eyes.
Walk on, little CharlieWalk on through the snow.Heading down the railway line,Trying to make it home.Well, he's made it forty miles,Six hundred left to go.It's a long old lonesome journey,Shufflin' through the snow.