Blanket Exercise
Tuesday, May 28th at 1:00-3:00pm
Backstage Theatre, 10330 84 Ave NW

An interactive exercise developed by KAIROS following the landmark report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, explores the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples in Canada, from the settlers’ arrival to modern times. Participants are guided through the impact of colonization of a nation including gradual appropriation, relocation, and removal of Indigenous peoples and territories. This exercise has been adapted to be Treaty Six specific.

The exercise begins with blankets spread across the floor, which represent land occupied by Indigenous populations. As participants are guided through centuries of negotiations, treaties, decrees, and other interactions with European settlers, the blankets on which they stand are slowly removed, until only a few participants remain on a small area representing what little remains of Indigenous territory today. The exercise engages hearts and minds in understanding the current relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and how we can take action to work together today.
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