Living Healing Quilt Project — Promoting Healing — One Stitch at a Time

If you or someone you know has been directly affected by Indian Residential Schools, then we encourage you to contribute to the Living Healing Quilt Project. The Living Healing Quilt Project is a unique way to get involved and promote a better understanding about the experiences endured by children who attended Indian Residential Schools.

Call for Quilt Blocks – How You Can Get Involved

Create your own 13″ x13″ square quilt block. Choose your own colour, design and material. Paint on canvas or stiff paper, or use a photo – your image can be transferred onto fabric.

Dedicate your square to a child or adult affected by Indian Residential Schools. Individual squares will represent what you wish to express about the history or your personal experience of Indian Residential Schools.


  1. A brief story about your square
  2. Your name, address and email
  3. Your phone number (If you wish to be contacted about the progress of the quilt)

Deadline for Submissions is August 31, 2008

Please mail to:
Alice Olsen Williams
Curve Lake First Nation, ON
K0L 1R0
Tel: (705) 657-3319.

Once completed, the Living Healing Quilt Project will travel across the country with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Living Healing Quilt Project will honour the strength, courage, and commitment of Indian Residential School Survivors and bring awareness to Canadians about Indian Residential Schools, as we move forward together on a path of healing.

What is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission?

The Canadian government formed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to understand how people were affected by the residential school experience. The commission will allow those who experienced harm at residential schools to share their stories within a safe and culturally appropriate environment.

The purpose of the commission is not to determine guilt or innocence, but to create a historical account of the residential schools, help people to heal, and encourage reconciliation between aboriginals and non-aboriginal Canadians. The commission will also host events across the country to raise awareness about the residential school system and its impact.


UPDATE: To see the quilts submitted for this project, visit the Living Healing Quilt Project
Living Healing Quilt Project

One thought on “Living Healing Quilt Project

  • July 22, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Hi Michele: Truly this is a most worthy project. So many of us, both native and non-native have been affected by the existence of residential schools and the effects that this repressive policy had on all of us. Thanks for publicising the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Let’s hope it helps to heal!

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