Community Quilt for Residential Boarding School Children

Community Quilt Project Information

The Advocacy Resource Center is seeking community members to create a Community Quilt to commemorate Residential Boarding School Children. Individuals are asked to create 12x12 quilt squares to be sewn together to create a beautiful community quilt to display in September 2022 in honor of our lost children and survivors of boarding schools. If you are interested in creating squares for the community quilt, please contact Jess Gillotte-King, Community Educator for Advocacy Resource Center at 906-632-1808. Squares are needed by August 2022. Miigwech!

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What size and colors are preferred?

The Community Quilt will be displayed for Orange Shirt Day, September 30. The use of an orange shirt as a symbol was inspired by the accounts of Phyllis Jack Webstad, whose personal clothing—including a new orange shirt—was taken from her during her first day of residential schooling, and never returned. The orange shirt is thus used as a symbol of the forced assimilation of Indigenous children that the residential school system enforced. 12x12 squares are preferred and orange is the color scheme, however, all designs are welcome and encouraged. Miigwech!

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What Do I Do With My Squares When Completed?

Squares can be delivered to the Advocacy Resource Center at 2769 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie, MI or picked up by Community Educator Jess Gillotte-King. They may also be inter-office mailed if sending from a tribal entity.

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Where Can I Get Ideas??

The internet has a wealth of information in regards to Residential Boarding Schools. A simple search of "Every Child Matters" will produce ideas.

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You can design your square 12x12 however you'd like. You can choose to honor a family member or simply create a square in colors of your choice.

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