saturday, november 24 at 10am
location: lower hall
Why do we recognize Treaty 7? Why do we speak about TRC? If you've asked those questions, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise is for you.
It's a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
Limited spaces available. Sign up on the Get Involved Table.
The Kiskinohamâtowin Blanket Exercise team are made up of indigenous professionals from the Woodland and Plains Cree areas. These dynamic presenters were personally trained by the KAIROS organization out of Ottawa, Ontario and have presented this experience to schools, communities and organizations all over Alberta. Their mandate is to help spread the “History of Indigenous Canada not taught in schools” and broaden the understanding of its results to our Northern Alberta communities. They encourage open conversations, present authentic indigenous storylines and broaden the understanding of the indigenous presence in Canada.
WHAT IS THE BLANKET EXERCISE WORKSHOP?
Fifteen years ago, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way of learning the history of Canada most Canadians are never taught. The Blanket Exercise was the result. The KISKINOHAMÂTOWIN exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada. Participants are given the role of the First Peoples and are taken back in time to the arrival of the Europeans. The Narrator and a European work with the participants to read a script while the exercise goes through the history of treaty-making, colonization, resistance and the resulted nation we today call Canada.
The Blanket Exercise experience itself takes about 30 to 40 minutes and should always be followed by a 1 or 2 hour talking circle. (Depending on the participant numbers). This discussion is key to the process as it gives the participants the opportunity to express thoughts, share feelings and ask questions about the experience. The session is 2-3 hours total (depending on talk back) and requires little to no interruption. There is usually no break as coming and going disrupts the flow of events.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR HELPERS TO MAKE INDIGENOUS SNACKS FOR THE CEREMONY
If you are able to help please sign up here.