Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket (Orca 2019) is the literary version of The Witness Blanket exhibition that toured Canada from Jan. 2015 to May 2018. That exhibit featured donated items from every residential school in Canada--such as bricks, braids, hockey skates, letters, dolls and photos--assembled and presented by co-author Carey Newman (Hayalthkin'geme) an indigenous, multidisciplinary artist, carver and Order of BC member whose father is a residential school survivor. He co-writer was B.C. journalist Kirstie Hudson.

The exhibit is to be stored permanently at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. The book contains a section on Truth and Reconciliation with interviews from survivors, mostly gleaned from the exhibit's companion documentary, Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket (Media One Multimedia, 2015). Carey Newman and his family operate the Blue Raven Gallery in Sooke. Through his father he is Kwakwaka'wakw from the Kukwekum, Giiksam, and WaWalaby'ie clans of Fort Rupert, and Coast Salish from Cheam of the Sto:lo Nation along the upper Fraser Valley. Through his mother he is English, Irish, and Scottish. Carey was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2017 and was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2018.

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