CMHR to Welcome TRC Pieces in New Exhibits

CMHR to Welcome TRC Pieces in New Exhibits

Bentwood Box
The Bentwood Box will be the centrepiece of a new CMHR exhibit on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is adding a new exhibit on the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The exhibit will include a carved Bentwood Box used during TRC events. It’s a single piece of cedar by Coast Salish artist Luke Marston and has been a visual centrepiece for much of the TRC proceedings.

The Bentwood Box itself will be back on display in the museum’s introductory gallery this week when it returns from Ottawa, where it was used in the final proceedings of the TRC. It will be moved into the new exhibit upon completion this summer.

The CMHR will also host the Witness Blanker in December 2015, a large-scale art installation made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings and related sites from across Canada.

“We agree with the TRC that this museum can play a critical role in raising awareness, holding honest conversations and taking steps towards reconciliation,” said CMHR interim president and CEO Gail Stephens.

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