Witness Blanket


Witness Blanket

'The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation.  Inspired by a oven blanket, a large scale art installation was created by master carver Carey Newman.  The Witness Blanket is made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada.' Witness Blanket website.

UFV is hosting the Witness Blanket exhibition this fall (September 13 to November 8, 2017) at Evered Hall, Student Union Building, Abbotsford Campus. This large-scale art installation, inspired by a woven blanket, is made from hundreds of items collected from Indian Residential Schools, churches, band offices and other structures across Canada. Collectively the pieces weave a story of loss, strength, reconciliation and pride.

Location: Evered Hall, UFV Student Union Building, Abbotsford campus

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

Please notify Jennifer.MacDonald@ufv.ca if you are planning on bringing a large group of 10 or more people to the Witness Blanket.

President’s Leadership Lecture Series on personal and community journeys of reconciliation, with a focus on the action that we can all take. This will take place during 3 Wednesdays evenings (7 pm) in October.

  • October 25, 2017: Chief Robert Joseph, Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation and an Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada

The Closing Ceremony will be on November 8.

For further information: ufv.ca/witness-blanket

Teaching & Learning has developed curriculum around the Witness Blanket for use by faculty and departments.  We encourage you to incorporate an activity or series of activities, found in the following links, into your classes.  

 Further Resources

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