The Witness Blanket: Pieces of History

by Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme)

The Witness Blanket, a large-scale art installation, weaves together hundreds of objects reclaimed from Indian Residential Schools and other important sites in Canada—to recognize the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolize ongoing reconciliation.

Come see the Witness Blanket, Pieces of History, on display from September 13–November 8 in Evered Hall, UFV Abbotsford campus.

Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7 pm.
Evered Hall, UFV Student Union Building, Abbotsford campus
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Closing Ceremony

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7 pm
Evered Hall, UFV Student Union Building, Abbotsford campus
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Witness Blanket Hours

Monday to Thursday 10am – 7pm
Fridays 10am – 5pm
Saturdays 11am – 3pm
Sundays (only in October) 1 – 3pm

Please notify if you are planning on bringing a large group of 10 or more people to the Witness Blanket

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The Witness Blanket

The Witness Blanket exhibition is accompanied by President's Leadership Lecture series presentations on personal and community journeys of reconciliation, with a focus on the action that we can all take.

Shelagh Rogers

October 4, 2017 | 6 pm, Evered Hall, Student Union Building, Abbotsford campus

Shelagh Rogers, OC, is a Canadian broadcast journalist based in British Columbia. She is the host and a producer of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter and Chancellor of the University of Victoria. In June 2011, she was inducted as an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Also in 2011 Ms. Rogers was named an Officer of the Order of Canada “for her contributions as a promoter of Canadian culture, and for her volunteer work in the fields of mental health and literacy.” Highly regarded for her advocacy work, she has spoken out to help destigmatize mental illness, and has raised awareness and funds for adult literacy initiatives. She now champions reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people as an honorary witness to the TRC.

Watch Shelagh Rogers on YouTube

Cecelia Reekie

October 11, 2017 | 6 pm, Evered Hall, Student Union Building, Abbotsford campus

Cecelia Reekie is a cultural presenter in the Aboriginal program in the Langley School District and was formerly a school board trustee in the District.  She is a member of the Haisla First Nation. Cecelia believes in the power of sharing personal stories to bring awareness in regards to culture and the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. Cecelia always speaks from her heart and weaves many different life experiences through her cultural presentations. 

Watch her TEDx talk

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, OBC

October 25, 2017 | 6 pm, Evered Hall, Student Union Building, Abbotsford campus

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, OBC, is a founding member of Reconciliation Canada ( and is a true peace-builder whose life and work are examples of his personal commitment. A Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Chief Joseph has dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding and racism at home and abroad. An eloquent and inspiring speaker, Chief Joseph shares his journey of reconciliation, including his childhood experience at St. Michael’s Residential School. He speaks about the important role of reconciliation in moving forward through trauma and will address the reconciliation work that is being done across Canada to build meaningful relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.

Watch Chief Joseph on YouTube 

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