Filmmaker and master Carver Carey Newman created the Witness blanket by weaving together hundreds of found items from old residential schools, churches and other cultural structures across Canada to create "a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian Residential School Era". The result is a 40 foot long "quilt" of beautifully carved, thoughtfully placed wooden panels, home to memories that "individually...are paragraphs of a disappearing narrative (but) together they are strong, collectively able to recount for future generations the true story of loss, strength, reconciliation and pride".
In this moving film Carey seamlessly weaves the 2 stories together with his same artist's eye; the story of the making of the Witness Blanket and the more poignant story of the residential school legacy as borne by survivors and their families.
Carey Newman will be in attendance and will answer questions after the screening.
Please consider also bringing a food item for the EMCS students' "10,000 Tonight" Food Bank drive on the same evening.