Educating with the Witness Blanket

Event Number: 48
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Educating with the Witness Blanket

Friday, Oct 25
10:15am - 11:45am
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

How can we meaningfully engage our communities and our children in discussions about reconciliation? In this conversation for adults, educators and students, Indigenous artist Carey Newman and co-author Kirstie Hudson speak to The Witness Blanket: a collection of photos, letters, hockey sticks, braids, bricks, dolls and other hundreds of items that reside in this living work. In Coast Salish tradition, these blankets uplift the spirit, protect the vulnerable or honour the strong. Newman and Hudson will speak to how we can acknowledge the trauma inflicted on Indigenous peoples by the residential school system, and pay tribute to stories of loss, strength and resistance required for healing.

Presented in partnership with Vancity.

Event Participants:

Kirstie Hudson

British Columbia

Kirstie Hudson is an editor and writer in Victoria, British Columbia. She worked for the CBC for eighteen years at stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Prince Rupert and Victoria. In her award-winning career as a journalist, Kirstie’s work has been recognized with a Jack Webster Award, Radio Television Digital News Association awards and an international Gabriel Award. Over the years she has covered hundreds of stories, including the making of the Witness Blanket. As an instructor at the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University, Kirstie shared her love of storytelling with students in writing, communications and journalism.

Carey Newman

British Columbia

Carey Newman or Hayalthkin’geme is a multidisciplinary artist and master carver. Through his father he is Kwakwaka’wakw from the Kukwekum, Giiksam, and WaWalaby’ie clans of Fort Rupert, and Coast Salish from Cheam of the Stó:lo Nation along the upper Fraser Valley. Through his mother he is English, Irish, and Scottish. In his artistic practice he strives to highlight Indigenous, social or environmental issues. Newman was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2018.