Grandmothers are the very fabric of their communities and families. They have woven the values of human rights, justice, feminism and anti-racism into a one-of-a-kind solidarity movement.
This year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, grandmothers launched a project that exemplifies the solidarity between Canadian grandmothers and their counterparts on the African continent – the Solidarity Quilt. It colourfully represents the power and impact of women’s leadership, activism and collaboration in communities around the world.
This unique piece of women’s handiwork has been crafted by 25 groups of grandmothers in a cross-Canada quilting bee with fabric contributed by over 300 Grandmothers in Canada and sub-Saharan Africa.
Admire the quilt on these dates and locations between Sept. 9th and 15th:
ALMONTE: Fibrefest 2023, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, 3 Rosamond St. E.
Sept. 9th 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sept 10th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ORLEANS: St. Helen’s Anglican Church, 1234 Prestone Drive
Sept. 11th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
KANATA: John G. Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive
Sept. 12th & 13th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
OTTAWA: Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road
Sept. 14th 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 15 th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.