KUC will be hosting a “Blanket Exercise” Saturday, December 5th, from 2 PM until 4:30 PM in the Church Sanctuary. This time will offer an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. It was originally developed by Kairos in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation. The recently released Truth and Reconciliation Summary Report also recommends further education on First Nations History. See TRC Summary for further information.
Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. covering a time of over 500 years. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Participants 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.
Following the exercise, we will provide an opportunity to discuss the experience in the form of a talking circle.
For more details on the blanket exercise process, you may want to view the following link: http://kairosblanketexercise.
All are welcome!