The Board has been offering staff, students and community members the opportunity to learn more about Indigenous history that is rarely taught in Canada.
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience 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. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes.
Last week in Hornepayne the largest Blanket Exercise the Board has hosted took place at Holy Name of Jesus with over fifty participants from the school and greater community.
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.