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KAIROS Blanket Exercise, Indigenous Neighbours Program

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
Queen's Square
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
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The KAIROS 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 (or narrators) 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.

The Indigenous Neighbours Program is an initiative of the Mennonite Central Committee that strives to build respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. You can find out more at MCC Indigenous Neighbours.

All Ages

Online: Please note an email address is required for online registration.

By Phone: 519.621.0460

In person: Visit any Idea Exchange location to register.




For more information, call 519.621.0460 or ask us online.

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