Canada Day in 2021...
In light of what we as a Nation are discovering at former Residential School locations across the country, we are asking all of our followers, fans, friends, and anyone who comes across this video to please consider making a donation to the Downie Wenjack Fund for Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: https://downiewenjack.ca/support-us
Courage (For Hugh MacLenna) By: The Tragically Hip
We as a band feel it is our responsibility to bring attention to this difficult matter, and chose this song not only because of Gord Downie's direct connection to the topic, but also because of the specific lyrics.
The third verse is almost a direct quote from MacLennan's novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: "But that night as I drove back to Montreal I at least discovered this: that there's no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and that the human tragedy, or the human irony, consists in the necessity of living with the consequences of actions performed under the pressure of compulsions so obscure we do not and cannot understand them." Courage couldn't come at a worse time, but it also didn't come when it was needed most. The song isn't about living with the consequences of doing something terrible so much as it's about living with the consequences of the ordinary decisions we make, and regretting what we failed to do. The tragedies inflicted upon the indigenous peoples in Canada stretch well beyond what is currently spotlighted in the media, and meaningful differences moving forward won't just come from grandiose gestures and canceled holidays, but from the everyday decisions we make as Canadians.
Please consider making a donation to the Downie Wenjack Fund for Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: https://downiewenjack.ca/support-us
- Isaac, John, Lance, Rachelle, Johnny