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Canadore and Nipissing invite community to The Witness Blanket exhibit

A 12-metre work of art created with reclaimed items from residential schools, churches, government buildings and more is on display at the Education Centre campus.  

Canadore College and Nipissing University are hosting the Witness Blanket exhibit from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in The Village until Friday, Feb. 16.  

Inspired by a woven blanket, the Witness Blanket was created by multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist, master carver, filmmaker, author and public speaker Carey Newman.  

“When you visit the Witness Blanket, remember that each image or artifact represents a piece of life lived on this land,” says Dr. Cindy Peltier, Associate Professor, Chair in Indigenous Education and Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Matters at Nipissing University. “Above all, remember that bearing witness to this essential artistic contribution will ensure that this part of history is never repeated.”  

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The exhibit on display in The Village is one of two reproductions created to share its stories and messages. 

“Canadore’s First Peoples’ Centre recognizes collaboration as a catalyst for dialogue, fostering reflection, and awareness,” said Sarah Julian, Interim Director, Canadore College First Peoples’ Centre. “Collaboration between the Library, Nipissing, and Canadore for this exhibit strengthens our commitment to truth and reconciliation.” 

The exhibit is open Mon-Fri, 10am to 3 pm with free parking available in lots 8 and 5. 

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