Witness Blanket exhibition opening event
The Witness Blanket is a large-scale art installation made from hundreds of artifacts reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures across Canada. Letters, photographs, clothing and building hardware are among more than 800 items incorporated into the 13-panel wood installation which stands two metres high and 12 metres wide.
Kwagiulth and Salish artist and master carver Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme) says together the pieces recount the true story of loss, strength, reconciliation and pride.
The opening event will feature a talk by artist Carey Newman and a performance by a local Indigenous dance group. Light refreshments will be provided.