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KAIROS Blanket Exercise - Port Alberni

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Port Alberni Friendship Center

3555 4th Avenue

Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4H3

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise: An Experiential Exercise in Reconciliation through Education

Facilitated by Harley Eagle, Cultural Safety Facilitator Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Kwakwaka ‘ Wakw & Laich-Kwil-Tach Territories Island Health, Aboriginal Health Program

The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day. Participants represent the First Peoples; when they move onto the blankets, they are taken back in time to the arrival of the Europeans. The Narrator and facilitators will work with the participants to read a script while the exercise goes through the history of treaty-making, colonization and resistance that resulted in the nation we today call 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. The exercise is followed by a talking circle in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.


Learning outcomes:

A cognitive and emotional understanding of traditional First Nations values,

A deep and emotional insight into the depth and intergenerational effects of Colonization,

Methods for creating supportive relationships in a positive way.


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