Our current exhibition of The Witness Blanket will be at Woodland Cultural Centre until March 27, 2021. Unfortunately, our galleries are still closed and it saddens us that our visitors will not be able to see the installation in person before then. Fortunately, however, our team has been working hard to gather educational resources to complement our current exhibition.
Our Witness Blanket Educational Resource is Now Available to Download!
“The blanket is a universal symbol of protection. For many of us, it identifies who we are and where we’re from – we wear them in ceremony and give them as gifts. Blankets protect our young and comfort our elders.”
Inspired by a woven blanket, the Witness Blanket is 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, and 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.
The items included in the Witness Blanket provide a point of departure and bear witness to the truth. The team travelled over 200,000 kilometres, visited 77 communities, met over 10,000 people and gathered over 889 pieces, inclusive of 161 photos, shoes, bowls dolls, and skates to name a few. The finished work is 12 metres long and constructed with 13 panels with a total weight of over 2 tons. Inherently, the items contain stories from Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors.
Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to announce our partnership with Skateboard Project 2023!The Skateboard Project is an initiative that aims to promote Onkwehón:we artwork, active bodies, and collaboration between cultural centers across multiple Indigenous communities.In its second year, Kahnawà:ke, Kanehsatà:ke, Kenhtè:ke, Ahkwesáhsne and Six Nations came together to create seven skateboards graphics showcasing the range of styles and cultural imagery.Skateboard culture values inclusivity, individuality, creativity, and freedom and blending these with Indigenous traditions has created a project that connects communities through local art and skateboarding.Profits from the skateboard sales go towards compensation for the artist’s work and to help fund events related to June 21st (Go Skate Day/Indigenous Day/First Day of Summer).We hope to see more Indigenous communities being part of the project in the future!Woodland Cultural Centre is thrilled to participate in this fantastic community project. We will feature the seven skateboards from the participating artists in our online gift store and in the Stan Hill Gallery starting Saturday, February 18. Visit our website to support Skateboard Project 2023: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/skateboard-project-2023/... See MoreSee Less