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The Blanket Exercise

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Markham Village Library

6031 Hwy 7

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Take part in an interactive learning experience that covers over 500 years of history.

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.
- kairosblanketexercise.org

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Becky Big Canoe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island, a mother and grandmother and one who has walked for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and also for the water during 3 of the 4 Waawaasaagaaming Water Walks.

Mim Harder grew up in the Markham area with roots in the first families that settled the area. As an adult, she began exploring Aboriginal values, spirituality and life. Honouring the Indigenous ancestors that are part of her family is important even though there are many gaps and many unknowns. She has learned to bring together the Christian roots from her childhood and the spirituality that is at the core of Aboriginal life. Volunteering with KAIROS Blanket Exercise has brought fulfillment. It brings education, knowledge and understanding of the Canada not widely spoken of. Every time she facilitate an exercise, she has a new understanding, a little more healing..

Marty Molengraaf is an old straight white guy – that is to say he recognizes the privilege of his social status. He also recognizes that privilege gives him responsibility and opportunity. He defines himself as a settler and as an ally. As someone who was born in Canada and grew up in Canada, he is aware of the continued injustices the Indian Act perpetrates on First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. He tries to educate himself with respect to the issues at hand and reaches out to develop relationships with people affected by the Indian Act wherever he lives. He is passionate about telling the stories of injustice as he understands them and encouraging others to develop relationships with First Nations people themselves. These two passions come from conversations from First Nation Chiefs in Northern Ontario.

Shanta Sundarason recognizes herself as a settler. Someone who was born outside of Canada and that has come to live on these beautiful lands. She is a social justice activist and spends her time empowering our youth to become positive change makers. She believes that if we act together we can change the world. She believes that education of our indigenous communities is the main key to reconciliation. Hence she is passionate about sharing and spreading the Indigenous Blanket exercise throughout schools in Ontario.

Lene Ergir sees herself as a settler, having moved to Canada from Denmark. She is passionate about our history and about reconciliation and strongly believes that this will only be achieved through education. She believes that our youth are the future and through them we will bring about hope and peace.

Bear Standing Tall has facilitated Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training workshops across Canada for the past 18 years – at Universities, Colleges, Schools, Health Facilities, Wellness Centres, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centres, Healing Lodges, Youth Centres, Men’s and Women’s Support Houses and Federal Institutions for Men & Women. He is Indigenous Nehiyaw (Cree) from Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan (Treaty 6 territory) and also, founder of Bear Standing Tall and Associates. His life mission is to create a bridge between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous nations. Bear Standing Tall offers Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training (ICST) for educators, social workers, public servants, health workers, counsellors, and everyone wanting to expand their knowledge about Indigenous People’s, History, Traditions, Philosophy and basic awareness of Spiritualty. Bear Standing tall helps you expand your skills and awareness by participating in BSTA's experiential and wholistic approach to education and training. Through ICST, you gain authentic Indigenous wisdom and knowledge to build new, effective and practical methods of engagement and confidence to work with elders & knowledge & wisdom keepers. Learn more at www.medicinewheeltrainer.com

This event is in celebration of Aboriginal History Month and is made possible by a collaboration between the The Giving Tree Unionville and Markham Public Library.

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