“The most poignant artifact for me are the braids,” said Dr. Shauneen Pete, as she explained the meaning of the Memorial Blanket art work set up along a wall in the University of Regina’s Research and Innovation Centre Atrium.
The Memorial Blanket was put together by West Coast Artist and Master Carver Carey Newman. Residential school artifacts were collected from across Canada and placed in panels of the 40 foot wide work. The art work contains everything from an old door, worn out skates, a shoe, door handles, a clock, pieces of wood, glass, photos etc. Old books and encyclopedias occupy slots along the bottom of the work. A slide show of old photos and letters display on an old table behind the Memorial Blanket.
Pete said the braids held the most meaning for her because one of the first things that happened to the children when they arrived at the school was to have their hair cut. “Hair was cut, their clothes removed, showered and other clothes given,” said Pete....Read More