Witness Blanket Opening Reception
January 26, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.Free
You are invited to bear witness as we welcome the Witness Blanket to the Library. The evening opening reception will begin with a Traditional Welcome and blessing offered by Chepx̱imiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation).
Refreshments will be served.
About this exhibition
Inspired by a woven blanket, the Witness Blanket is a powerful art installation of over 800 items from sites and Survivors of residential schools across Canada. Each item tells a story of loss, strength, resilience, and pride. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights exhibited the original Witness Blanket in 2015-2016. Two cedar-framed reproductions tour communities across Canada in which direct-printed wood panels take the place of the original artifacts.
West Vancouver Memorial Library will host a Witness Blanket reproduction from January 26 – March 10, 2024
Hosting this exhibition is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation.