Indigenous Witness Blanket makes stop at Hamilton Public Library

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A large-scale art installation made of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches and other buildings from across Canada is making a stop in Hamilton. McMaster is one of several partners sponsoring the installation’s visit to the city.

The Witness Blanket will be available for public viewing beginning July 13 till the end of August at the Hamilton Public Library.

“As Canadians, we have much work to do in this period of truth and reconciliation. By welcoming this remarkable piece of art to Hamilton, composed of important pieces and fragments of history, we are able to learn about, witness and actively participate in the reconciliation process,” says McMaster President Patrick Deane.

The 40-foot installation was inspired by a woven blanket and incorporates more than 800 items.

The Residential School era marked a time when Indigenous children were separated from their families and educated in boarding schools. The piece stands as a national monument to recognize the era and symbolize ongoing reconciliation.

A public opening ceremony for the Witness Blanket will be held at the Hamilton Public Library on July 13 at 1 p.m.

For more information about The Witness Blanket, visit