We are very pleased to host Fiona Brownlee and the completed blanket at St. Augustine's on October 9th, 2022.
The diocesan weaving project was started on Ash Wednesday 2022 by weaver and lay evangelist Alison Hurlburt in partnership with Fiona Brownlee, rural and aboriginal communities liaison for the Edmonton diocese. Providing orange thread, a loom and instruction, Alison recruited and trained loom keepers in five Edmonton parishes. In the ensuing months, as the loom was moved from parish to parish, dozens of weavers including some from outside the Anglican community offered their prayers while weaving.
In her post on Facebook about the dedication service, Janice Hurlburt said it is “heartbreaking” to know that each horizontal pass of weft yarn represents one child who died at Residential School.
"There are 18 passes in each inch of the weaving for a total of 8,000 children: 6,000 (TRC estimate) and an additional 2,000+ from recent grave discoveries…The end of the blanket is left open/unravelled to represent the graves yet to be discovered…" said Alison.