The Witness Blanket

  • Pages:96
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:reconciliation, residential schools, Indigenous, colonization, racism
  • Available:04/19/2022
  • Lexile:1030L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z
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For more than 150 years, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and sent to residential schools across Canada.

Artist Carey Newman created the Witness Blanket to make sure that history is never forgotten. The Blanket is a living work of art—a collection of hundreds of objects from those schools. It includes everything from photos, bricks, hockey skates, graduation certificates, dolls and piano keys to braids of hair. Behind every piece is a story. And behind every story is a residential school Survivor, including Carey's father. This book is a collection of truths about what happened at those schools, but it's also a beacon of hope and a step on the journey toward reconciliation.

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction   | 2023  |  Winner
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Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets   | 2022  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2022  |  Commended
Children's Book Council Teacher Favorites Award 6th - 8th Grade   | 2023  |  Commended
Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards   | 2024  |  Nominated
Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award   | 2023  |  Nominated