Join a MAG staff member on a guided tour of The Witness Blanket. A monument that recognizes the atrocities of the Indian residential school era, honours the children and symbolizes ongoing reconciliation. An exhibition based on the art of Carey Newman, and developed in collaboration with, and circulated by, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg). The Witness Blanket is a powerful art installation created by master carver Carey Newman. It is a monument that recognizes the atrocities of the Indian residential school era, honours the children and symbolizes ongoing reconciliation. This cedar-framed artwork, inspired by a woven blanket, includes hundreds of objects recovered from 77 communities across Canada where residential schools were located. The Witness Blanket is currently undergoing conservation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, after touring Canada for three years. Newman and the CMHR have partnered to create this reproduction of the Blanket, allowing its Stories and messages to continue to be shared with Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
Opening Reception: Kinship Drop-in tonight from 5-8 pm as part of First Fridays Red Deer for the Opening Reception of the exhibition, Kinship: Images of Family and Community from the MAG's Indigenous and Inuit Art Collection. Guided tour at 6 pm. First Fridays Red Deer at the MAG are free to attend; donations are welcome. Enjoy some light refreshments and snacks. About Kinship: The MAG holds an impressive collection of Indigenous and Inuit art thanks to a generous bequest by donor Dr. Kathleen Swallow in the 1980s. Works from this bequest as well as works from the museum’s broader art collection celebrate the kinship of family and community relationships. Paintings, prints and sculpture tell stories of parenthood, childhood and friendship.