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RISE Blanket Exercise

CityEdmonton
CountyCanada @ (CA)
Date07/03/2019
Hours18:00
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Edmonton
Canada @ (CA)
Tel 2019-03-07
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Are you eager to learn more about the Indigenous experience in Canada and why we need reconciliation today? The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Join us on Thursday, March 7 from 6-8 PM for this interactive workshop, organized by RISE - Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton, to help further your understanding of Indigenous issues. This workshop is free; space is limited. Donations to support the ongoing work of RISE will gladly be accepted. What is the Blanket Exercise? The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed 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 Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.


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 and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. The exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group in the form of a talking circle.

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