Taapwaywin – Episode 3: Preservation, Destruction, Transformation

In this episode, Ry Moran talks with Carey Newman, Oliver Schmidtke, and Tavia Panton about sites with difficult histories in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom and what to do with them.



The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers

From The Archives: Carey Newman and Kristie Hudson on Picking up the Pieces. We revisit Shelagh Roger’s interview with Carey Newman & Kristie Hudson on their book, Picking up the Pieces.


JUNE 2022

North by Northwest

Feature interview with Sheryl Mackey


JAN 2022

Pitt Rivers Museum Podcast – Social and Cultural Lives of Objects

Megan and Alexis are joined by master carver Carey Newman to discuss the social and cultural lives of museum objects, and the ways museums can better engage with them.


JUNE 2018

Check the Program: Episode 4

Arts and culture in Victoria, BC. Hosted by Sarah Petrescu, John Threlfall, Melanie Tromp Hoover, Amanda Farrell-Low, Brianna Bock and Tim Ford.



The Roundtable Podcast – Podcast 95: “Indigenous, Canadian, Indigenous-Canadian, or…” How do you Identify

Hosted by Wayne K. Spear with guests Chelsea Vowel, Brooke Torgerson, Carey Newman, Conrad Saulis, Doug Jarvis, Karen Lawford, and Nahnda Garlow



‘Witness Blanket’ recalls tragic chapter of Canadian Indigenous history

To create a dialogue and an awareness of residential schools, Indigenous artist Carey Newman has coordinated and produced an ambitious project called the “Witness Blanket” that incorporates pieces of the residential schools and other artifacts into a 40-foot installation.



New website allows users to explore Indigenous artwork

The Witness Blanket, an installation comprised of more than 800 items reclaimed from residential schools, is now available to view online. The artist behind the project, Carey Newman, explains why it’s so important the work of art is now more accessible.


Carey Newman: Indigenous Artist, Master Carver, Creator of the Witness Blanket

An interview with Carey Newman with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation discussing the creation of the Witness Blanket.


Interview with Carey Newman from Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures

Carey Newman, Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw artist, shares his perspective on land bank and his vision for sustainable totem carving. Exhibition on from June 25th – September 17th 2022.


Carey Newman Artist Talk

Carey Newman, whose traditional name is Hayalthkin’geme, is a Kwakwaka’wakw and Sto:lo multi-disciplinary artist, master carver, scholar, filmmaker, author, and public speaker. During this hour-long live Zoom webinar, he will share images and video, along with personal insights into the process of creating the Witness Blanket.


All My Relations by Carey Newman – Hayalthkin’geme

Kwakwak’awakw artist Carey Newman speaks about his approach to both reconciliation and a new installation featured at the entrance to Royal Roads University’s recently renovated Dogwood Auditorium. The front entrance features stainless steel panels titled “All My Relations.” The concept means to live in good relations with the land, air, water and spirit world and was proposed by Royal Roads Director of Indigenous Relations Asma-na-hi Antoine.

JULY 2021

Telus Talks: Confronting the legacy of residential schools: Carey Newman

The son of a residential school survivor, artist and master carver Carey Newman has spent the past decade working on The Witness Blanket, an art installation created with artifacts gathered from Indigenous communities across the country that have been affected by Canada’s dark legacy of the residential school system. In this episode, he speaks about his process of creating the piece, the profound impact of bearing witness to the stories of survivors, and why we need truth before we can achieve reconciliation.

MAY 2020

Good Company with Shelagh Rogers, with guest Carey Newman

The University of Victoria Chancellor chats with Carey Newman about reconciliation and creating art that makes people consider themselves differently.

Carey is a UVic Audain Professor, multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist, master carver, filmmaker, author and public speaker.


APTN Face to Face

Master carver feels “immense responsibility” to the Witness Blanket.
JUNE 2017

‘This piece is a record of the truth’: the Witness Blanket art installation

Carey Newman talks about the Witness Blanket and the importance of truth before reconciliation.


Artist Carey Newman shares his inspiration for the Witness Blanket

Master carver feels “immense responsibility” to the Witness Blanket.


Digitized Witness Blanket invites more Canadians to bear witness to painful legacy of residential schools

Globe and Mail

There’s a collapsible stool that sits in Carey Newman’s living room on Vancouver Island, made from various pieces of wood joined together, like a folding director’s chair. It was a Christmas gift from his parents. It’s also the object that sparked the idea for the Witness Blanket, Newman’s monumental artwork he created to honour Survivors of Canada’s residential school system.

Human rights museum chooses Vancouver to launch digital residential school initiative

CTV News Vancouver

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has chosen Vancouver to unveil the next step in an art project offering a hard look at the atrocities inflicted upon Indigenous children at residential schools.


Kelowna Art Gallery exhibit connects visitors to dark legacy of Indian residential schools

Global News

Standing tall at the Kelowna Art Gallery is an intricately woven blanket representing Canada’s dark past. It’s a visual representation of residential schools and the atrocities afflicted on students, called the Witness Blanket.

APRIL 2019

Artwork honouring residential school survivors vested with legal rights.

Canadian Press

An art installation honouring survivors of residential schools is being recognized as a “living entity” in an agreement combining Indigenous teachings and Western law.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and First Nations artist Carey Newman are signing an agreement Friday to be joint stewards of the “The Witness Blanket,” which is comprised of more than 800 items collected from the sites and survivors of residential schools.


Bearing witness: Artist turns gathered objects into monument to residential school survivors

CBC Unreserved

After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for commemoration initiatives, Kwagiulth master carver and artist Carey Newman spent four months thinking about what he’d submit — with little success.

Newman sat in his living room, and put his feet up on a wooden stool. He knew he wanted to work with objects that represented residential schools, but he wasn’t sure how to approach the project.


The Witness Blanket, an installation of residential school artifacts, makes Canadian legal history

Globe and Mail

On a very rainy Wednesday in October, dozens of people – I was one of them – were called to Kumugwe, the K’omoks First Nation Bighouse. We were asked to witness a historic event taking place at the traditional community gathering place, located between Courtenay and Comox, B.C: an oral ceremony that was making Canadian legal history.

MAY 2016

Witness Blanket melds 800+ residential school artifacts

Canadian Art

It likely all began with a single brick from Alberta. Now, The Witness Blanket is a huge installation built from 800-plus residential-school artifacts.

MAY 2014

A few of the hundreds of residential schools artifacts that make up the Witness Blanket

The Globe and Mail

When part of a 13-panel art installation called Witness Blanket is revealed to the public next week by artist Carey Newman of Victoria, it will mark another healing moment for First Nations residential schools survivors and their families. Some of those families have agreed to tell their stories as they relate to personal artifacts that will be included in the art work.

MAY 2014

Artist creates epic monument to Canada’s residential school

The Globe and Mail

Victoria artist Carey Newman has spent most of his life on the periphery of the residential schools tragedy – a generation removed, affected by his father’s experience, but knowing few details. Now, he is surrounded by it, his studio filled with pieces of the schools, witnesses to decades of atrocities.

MAY 2013

Carey Newman confronts the painful legacy of Residential Schools

The Globe and Mail

Growing up, Carey Newman didn’t hear much about his father’s time at residential schools, just a story about being expelled for stealing holy wine and drinking it under an apple tree.

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