Witness Blanket


The Witness Blanket is a large-scale work of art inspired by a woven blanket. Traditionally, blankets are meant to protect the young and comfort elders. It contains hundreds of items  reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures from across Canada. It stands as a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian residential school era. It honours the children and the Survivors. It symbolizes ongoing reconciliation.


Each piece of history that took its place on the Blanket is a silent witness to some part of this story. Individually, they are fragments of a disappearing narrative. Together they are strong. Together, they recount for future generations the true story of loss, strength, reconciliation and pride.


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