The Witness Blanket
Rental fee: No rental fee.*
Space requirements: 100 to 140 square metres
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About the exhibition
A travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Artist Carey Newman
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.
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We are currently booking this tour for dates into 2024. Venues will be added to the official tour schedule once dates are finalized.
- Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford, Ontario): December 21, 2020 – March 27, 2021
- Vancouver Island Regional Library (Nanaimo, British Columbia): June 1, 2021 – September 1, 2021
- Laichwiltach Family Life Society (Campbell River, British Columbia): September 20, 2021 – October 30, 2021
- Arts Centre at Cedar Hill (Saanich, British Columbia): November 8, 2021 – December 10, 2021
- Kelowna Art Gallery (Kelowna, British Columbia): January 15, 2022 – April 10, 2022
- Lester Centre for the Arts (Prince Rupert, British Columbia): May 4, 2022 – May 31, 2022
- Exploration Place at 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
- NorVa Centre (Flin Flon, Manitoba): June 12, 2023 – July 22, 2023
- Harris Learning Library (North Bay, Ontario): January 8, 2024 – February 14, 2024
- West Vancouver Memorial Library (West Vancouver, British Columbia): January 22, 2024 – March 8, 2024
- Saanich School Division (District of Saanich, British Columbia): March 25, 2024 – May 10, 2024
- Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History (Nelson, British Columbia): August 5, 2024 – September 20, 2024
- Tatamagouche Centre (Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia): August 26, 2024 – October 5, 2024