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November 16, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Elias School Council invites you to join them for the Blanket Exercise
The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous history Canadians are rarely taught.
Where: Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Da Ku Cultural Centre
When: November 16, 2016 from 3:30 – 6:00 pm
About the Blanket Exercise
The Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.
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. The exercise follows a script read by a narrator and other facilitators play the role of European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes.
By engaging on both an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy about the experience of Indigenous people in Canada. This can often raise deep emotions and we strongly encourage you to work with your heart and spirit when participating.
A light meal and refreshments will follow sponsored by Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. We look forward to sharing this special event with you.