The Witness Blanket

Rental fee: No rental fee.*

Space requirements: 100 to 140 square metres

Tags for The Witness Blanket

Right view of a structure of vertical wood panels covered in patterns of images, with a white wooden door at the centre.

Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

About the exhibition

A travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Witness Blanket is a powerful art installation created by master carver Carey Newman to recognize the atrocities of the residential school era, honour the children and symbolize ongoing reconciliation.

Inspired by a woven blanket, this cedar‐framed artwork is made of hundreds of items from Indian residential schools, Survivors, churches, governments and other cultural sites across Canada. Each item tells a story of loss, strength, resilience and pride.

The Witness Blanket is currently undergoing conservation at the CMHR. A true‐to‐scale reproduction has been created for offer to other venues, allowing its Stories and messages to continue being shared. In this wood‐framed reproduction, direct‐printed wood panels take the place of the original artifacts and interior frames.

*Venues are responsible for incoming shipping costs.

Photos of The Witness Blanket

A white door decorated with text and images flanked by vertical wood panels covered in patterns of images.
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen
Right view of a structure of vertical wood panels covered in patterns of images, with a white wooden door at the centre.
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen
Left view of a structure of vertical wood panels covered in patterns of images, with a white wooden door at the centre.
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

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Tour schedule

  • Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford, Ontario): December 21, 2020 – March 27, 2021
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library (Nanaimo, British Columbia): June 1, 2021 – September 1, 2021
  • Kelowna Art Gallery (Kelowna, British Columbia): January 15, 2022 – April 17, 2022
  • Wap Sigatgyet School Division – Venue TBC (Prince Rupert, British Columbia): May 4, 2022 – May 31, 2022
  • Exploration Place @ Fraser Fort-George Regional Museum (Prince George, British Columbia): June 20, 2022 – August 20, 2022
  • Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre (Whitehorse, Yukon): September 26, 2022 – December 16, 2022

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Contact details

Brodie Sanderson (he/him)