This program is open to those 14 years old and up, to learn how the Indigenous people were treated historically through a very unique approach. Please bring a small blanket. The program is approximately 3 hours long, with time for questions at the end.
Pre-registration is required by Thursday, March 8, 2018. Please pre-register by phoning 403-223-4343, emailing email@example.com, or dropping by the front desk.
Created in 1997, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a succinct overview of Indigenous rights in Canada that explores the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP). The Blanket Exercise has been used by many organizations to help move the First Nations, Metis and Inuit foundational knowledge forward.
The activity begins with blankets being arranged on the floor to represent Canada before the arrival of Europeans. Participants representing Indigenous peoples move around on the blankets as if they are using and occupying land. A narrator reads from, a script while someone playing the role of a European joins and interacts with those on the blankets.
As a script traces the history of the relationship between Europeans and Indigenous peoples in Canada, participants respond to various cues and read prepared scrolls. At the end of the exercise, only a few people remain on the blankets, which have been folded into small bundles and cover only a fraction of their original area.
This will be an opportunity to share thoughts and/or feelings in response to the Blanket Exercise with a closing talking circle.