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.

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 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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