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Elizabeth Metis Settlement – The Blanket Exercise
April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
THE BLANKET EXERCISE
April 19, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Elizabeth Community Centre
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught.
Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a participatory workshop format.
Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. The exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.
Facilitators: Robert Rayko, Sandra Merchant, Chelsey Bourassa
Student Services, Portage College, Lac La Biche, AB.
This workshop is free to attend. Please register with Joey Blaine Daniels, Community Justice Program Coordinator at 780-594-5026. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.