Monday, May 29, 2017
SCC-Student Centre 115 - Tecumseh Auditorium
***Note this event is now scheduled to start at 1.30pm***
An interactive learning experience open to all teaches the history of Indigenous rights as is rarely taught in schools. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a 1½-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 European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging participants on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.