Vanessa Génier lives in Timmins, Ontario (Treaty 9 Territory), and has been an avid quilter for more than 30 years. She is also a mother of five and a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation. When Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc confirmed the remains of 215 children onsite at Kamloops Indian Residential School, Vanessa knew she needed to do something to help with the healing journey. Vanessa decided she would make "comfort
quilts" and gift them to Survivors of Indian Residential Schools. She founded Quilts for Survivors and has started a global movement of healing.