Witness Blanket

Event Number: 33
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
Student Groups: $9.50

Witness Blanket

Thursday, Oct 24
10:15am - 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Photos, letters, hockey sticks, braids, bricks, dolls: these are just some of the hundreds of items that reside in The Witness Blanket: a living work conceived and created by Indigenous artist Carey Newman. In Coast Salish tradition, these blankets uplift the spirit, protect the vulnerable or honour the strong. This vast and beautiful ‘blanket’ of wood and objects does all three: acknowledging the trauma inflicted on Indigenous peoples by the residential school system, and pay tribute to stories of loss, strength and resistance required for healing. In a moving, informative presentation, Newman and co-author Kirstie Hudson will share some of these powerful stories in addition to Newman’s own: the journey of creating this work, his inspiration, and how The Witness Blanket will continue to evolve.

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.