Witness Blanket

Witness Blanket

You may be familiar with the Witness Blanket - which was presented for the first time at the publication of the TRC 94 Calls to Action in 2014.

"Inspired by a woven blanket, we have created a large scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolize ongoing reconciliation."

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The blanket is travelling across Canada to aid in building awareness and education. It will be  on display from September 13—November 8 in Evered Hall, UFV Abbotsford campus, with guided interpretation.

  • Monday to Thursday 10am – 7pm
  • Fridays 11am – 5pm
  • Saturdays 11am – 3pm
  • Sundays (only in October) 1 – 3pm

It is open for individual visits, but it is also possible to arrange group tours. Specifically the organizers have arranged to open the exhibit on Sunday afternoons in October, so that church groups can attend - hopefully after Sunday worship. Langley Churches for Reconciliation has already booked a session for Sunday October 29th. Langley/Cloverdale Parishes are welcome to attend at that time.

For group bookings, please contact indigenizing@ufv.ca.