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Blanket Exercise: Learning Indigenous Rights History

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10150 80 St NW

10150 80 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB T6A 3H8

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ABOUT THE BLANKET EXERCISE

The 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 one and a half hour participatory workshop.

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. This often takes the form of a talking circle.

Source: https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/about/


Space is limited to 30 participants.

This event is open to people 15 years of age and older; all particiapnts must register using the Eventbrite link.

Please bring a blanket to be used during the excercise.

Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday February 10, 2018

1pm @ the Hall

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