New exhibit open: The Witness Blanket

The Witness Blanket is  a large-scale art installation created from hundreds of items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings, and other structures all across Canada. 

The exhibition is officially open today and runs until June 25, 2016 in the Level 6 “Expressions” gallery. Visitors will experience elements specially created for its stay at the Museum, both in gallery and online.

The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian residential school era (1870-1996), honour the children and symbolize ongoing reconciliation. More than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced into residential schools in Canada.

Artist Carey Newman (Ha-Yalth-Kin-Geme) of Vancouver Island has drawn from his Kwagiulth, Salish and British ancestry for inspiration. He and his team travelled for over a year on a journey of over 200,000 kilometres around Canada, visited 77 communities and gathered 887 pieces of history to incorporate into this powerful artwork.