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Over the course of 2013-2016, Victoria Indigenous artist Carey Newman created the Witness Blanket, a wall-sized monument to experiences of residential school Survivors and their families. Made from everyday items collected from residential schools across Canada, each object and each Survivor has a story to tell.

Picking up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket is the 90-minute film of Carey’s personal journey, and shows how art can open our hearts to the pain of truth and the beauty of resiliency.

Also present this evening will be Rosy Hartman, who was Project Coordinator for the Witness Blanket Project (2013-16).

All proceeds from tickets will support the UVic Elders Engagement Fund and the Witness Blanket Legacy Fund at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where the Witness Blanket is currently on display. There will be additional opportunity to donate to these causes at the event.

Limited seating - advance tickets $12.50 via St Mary's secure Square site:


Note: Proof of Vaccination and masks will be required per Public Health Order

An event organized by ReconciliACTION Oak Bay [website under development], a collaboration of Oak Bay-based organizations committed to building community to community relationships with the Songhees and Esquimalt peoples and taking concrete action to build a just future together.

Founding members are the Community Association of Oak Bay, Oak Bay United Church and St. Mary’s Anglican Church, with other organizations expected to come on board in the near future in a growing network of collaborators.