The blanket is a universal symbol of protection. For many of us, it identifies who we are and where we’re from – we wear them in ceremony and give them as gifts. Blankets protect our young and comfort our elders.
Inspired by a woven blanket, we are creating a large scale art installation, made out of items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings and traditional structures across Canada. The Witness Blanket will stand as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation.
People from all across Canada of all faiths, ethnicities and generations are called upon to participate. We are looking for wood, shingles, brick, glass, metal, books, photographs and other materials from residential school sites and affiliated structures including churches, courthouses, and government buildings. Our goal is to collect 2,500 Pieces of History for our blanket.
If you are interested in supporting our project there are many ways that you can be involved including:
- Promoting the project within your own community or organization
- Contributing a piece to the blanket
- Acting as a Community Champion for the project and working with others in your community to contribute pieces to the blanket
- Adding a link to our project website on your own community or organization website