The Blanket Exercise will take plan in Westennial Hall from 12:15pm to 2:00pm. A light lunch will be served in the Lobby prior to the exercise. There will be activities and a movie for children during this time. Please sign up on the list on the Welcome Table.
What is a Blanket Exercise?
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. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. This often takes the form of a talking circle.