The Witness Blanket: Truth, Art and Reconciliation
Imaginations Ignite! Events for Schools
Presented in partnership with the Halton Hills Public Library
Presenter: Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson, co-authors
For ages: 9 –12 (but all welcome)
Event Description: For more than 150 years, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and sent to residential schools across Canada. Artist Carey Newman created the Witness Blanket to make sure that history is never forgotten. The Blanket is a living work of art—a collection of hundreds of objects from those schools. It includes everything from photos, bricks, hockey skates, graduation certificates, dolls and piano keys to braids of hair. Behind every piece is a story. And behind every story is a residential school Survivor, including Carey’s father.
Join co-authors Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson as they tell the story of The Witness Blanket, and what they hope it can accomplish.
Learning themes: Race and racism, social justice, residential schools, Indigenous history, Reconciliation
This event will include live ASL interpretation.
Please note: A recording of this event will be available from Monday May 30 – Monday June 13. Register to receive a post-event email with details regarding the recording.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Almonte: Mill Street Books, 613-256-9090
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Ottawa: Octopus Books, 613-233-2589
Toronto: Another Story Bookshop, 416-462-1104