The Quilt

The Justice Storytelling Quilt.

Each patch is a symbolic descriptive image produced by victims and offenders from across Canada. There are 40 blocks with 13 stories in French and 27 in English.

The purpose of the Quilt is to bring us together so that we may empathize with the suffering, hope and courage of victims and offenders. May this Quilt inspire us and give us courage to talk about the sorrowful events in our own lives.

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A click on any patch will activate a two minute audio testimony by its designer, describing the sorrowful event that took place in his/her life.

Quilt 1- Sunrise

Sunrise – teaches us to enjoy life and to take each day as it comes

Quilt 2- A butterfly

A butterfly for his own transformation, a heart for the love in his life, and a flower for his children.
Quilt 3 – Sun window with bars, flowers. Represents how he feels about looking out from the inside.
Quilt 4 – There is a closed flower that couldn’t blossom under the dark cloud. That is how she used to be. Now there is a glorious flower in bloom under the sun, which is how she feels now.
Quilt 5 – Colombe de la paix/Peace Dove. It continue d’essayer de trouver le paix dans lui-même/As he tries to find peace with himself.
Quilt 6 – A sun with twelve rays, one for each of the participants in the Restorative Justice “Rencontre Detenu-Victime” programme.
Quilt 7 – Flowers and photo of her late children.
Quilt 8 – At first there was light, then the wave that brings the sorrow. Now the wave connects the two.

Quilt 9 – Katy: Bob’s triathlon medal ribbon; flame represents New Years Eve 1997, the night Bob was killed; plaid from Bob’s wedding quilt is on the ground; fleece pants as Mountain which is Squamish; plaid from children’s school uniforms is water for crossing to Victoria; heart and sky are fabric from children’s nursery; moon from new husband’s robe because he is watching over them all; Bob’s funeral ribbon; fabric as jail bars and feather which is Ryan.

Quilt 10 – A wolf which was Chris’s symbol, a beam of light that she (his mother) saw after he had passed and a star because he was her bright star.

Quilt 11 – For Kevin: feather was part of his Pow Wow Regalia, and the blue and white border is part of his baby sleeper.

Quilt 12 – Peeling back the mask of a perceived monster to see who is really underneath.

Quilt 13 – Sun to shine light on the people that need it most.

Quilt 14 – No matter what, I’ve always been a star. I started out small and life was hell which kept me small. Then I started to get bigger and now I got backbone!

Quilt 15 – Picture of Martin.

Quilt 16 – Soccer for who he is; question mark for the uncertainty of his future; daisy is for Katy.

Quilt 17 – Clothes and photo of sister.
Quilt 18 – The ripple effect – “what he did affected me and what I did affected her.”
Quilt 19 – A heart with two halves: one is dark, the other light. There is now a little bit of light in the darkness, a mirror that reflects light into the place where there is so much pain. And in the light side, where she lives mostly now there is still some dark.
Quilt 20 – Bright colored abstract represents how crazy his life was. The flowers are for hope, the mirrors reflect who he is.
Quilt 21 – Before Restorative Justice “Rencontre Detenu-Victime” the eyes watching over him saw only darkness, now since RDV, there is some life and hope.
Quilt 22 – Fire that took her mother and sister away. Forgiveness is for the man who started the fire. Also a flute because her sister played the flute.
Quilt 23 – Bottom circle equals conflict and out of conflict roots grow out and can be binding but through the restorative process you can free your hands to help others.
Quilt 24 – Opening one’s mind to new ideas.
Quilt 25 – Un coeur brisée qui essait de se réparer/A broken heart trying to mend.
Quilt 26 – Photo of her daughter.
Quilt 27 – Fabric from her brother’s shirt; Water for the Victoria-Vancouver crossing; Hearts are for love; candles is for Christmas, which he loved; orange flame is for the demons in his life; red AIDS ribbon because he was HIV positive.
Quilt 28 – Deceased daughter’s favourite symbols- how she signed her name. Hope is for their son. The fabric is from their baby cribs.
Quilt 29 – Sister as an angel or apparition that is never far away. Picture represents meeting between survivor and offender 23 years later.
Quilt 30 – Crime scars the fabric of the community. It’s messy and unfinished. The courts try and sanitize it but where it comes from is not sanitized but messy. There are always loose threads in our mending of the community fabric.
Quilt 31 – Les mains qui se joinent pour demander le pardon, les yoeux qui voie tout, et le fleur qui est son esprit.
Quilt 32 – Roots of the tree of life that are required to find the grounding needed to grow.
Quilt 33 – “Through the restorative justice movement my life has come full circle.”
Quilt 34 – Looking in at his son, who is looking out.
Quilt 35 – Pink on the inside represents how she used to be and red which is anger is how she is now.
Quilt 36 – Black mountains, red sun rising and yellow sky. Fear plus Action equals Courage.
Quilt 37 – People see things through a variety of filters in order to arrive at what is true. When we don’t look through the filters, truth is distorted and that results in anger, confusion and alarm. Truth is like the perfect flower. It is pure, unadulterated, and timeless. Our justice system was to seek and reflect truth in all its complications. Increasingly we see the truth only through many filters, biases, and agendas. The bars between us and the flower. Created out of our adversarialism and specialization. Media needs to sell papers and air time. Parties directly involved in enforcement and judiciary have career and monetary biases. Politicians need to get elected. Lobby groups and social organizations have biased goals to achieve. Because of the way these filters biases, and agendas are presented to us, our perceptions of the truth is often so often so adulterated that we cannot make sense of the resulting picture (the adulterated flower). As a result, we react n anger, confusion, confusion, and ear, and divorce ourselves from fully seeking out the truth and understanding.
Quilt 38 – Red circle represents spiritual love.
Quilt 39 – His name means White Bear.
Quilt 40 – Les larmes crée l’espace pour les autres chose/ Tears make space for other things. A heart that is surrounded by clouds and wings reaching for the Divine.
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